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As your top choice dental office in Mississauga, we’ve felt the heat that mother nature has given us this year as much as our patients! This summer season has proven to be one of the hotter ones we’ve had! With humidity pushing us into 40-degree weather, it’s been quite tough to stay cool! Some enjoy basking in the hot sun rays while others such as myself prefer to sit fixed to an air conditioner!
With most if not all restaurants and food vendors up and running again, it’s tempting to grab that ice cap from Tim Horton’s or that refreshing mango slush from Real Fruit. And though these delicious beverages offer a great treat to help stay cool, it is important to note that these types of beverages also come with a lot of sugar that can affect your teeth in the long run. High sugar foods and beverages can eat away at your tooth enamel if you don’t follow a proper oral hygiene routine.
So, what is one of the easiest ways to stay cool and hydrated while being mindful of your oral health? Water! That’s right! Good old fashion, simple and basic, water! Not only does water act as the best way to stay hydrated and to cool down your body temperature when out in the heat, but it does wonders for your oral health. Here are some of the ways water can be beneficial to your teeth!
Natural Mouthwash – Water can help wash away leftover foods that get caught between our teeth. As it is a natural source liquid, it doesn’t harm your teeth the way a high sugar drink would that may leave a coating of sugar around your teeth and cause long term effects like decay and cavities.
Natural Cavity Fighter – Drinking fluoridated water is one of the easiest ways to protect your teeth from cavities. Fluoride is a mineral that can be found in water that can strengthen your teeth in the right amount. Fluoride can be found in your tap water and is a cost-effective way to help prevent tooth decay and save those dollars from emergency dental appointments!
Prevents Dry Mouth – Our saliva is made up of approximately 99% water! Dry mouth is a condition in which your mouth isn’t producing enough saliva which can make it tough to swallow and can be uncomfortable. Saliva is our body’s own mouthwash that helps wash away food particles and strengthens our teeth by washing them with minerals like fluoride, calcium and phosphate to help prevent tooth decay. When you don’t have enough water in your body, it can be difficult to produce sufficient saliva. This is why it is important to drink enough water so that our body can regulate saliva production and keep our teeth protected!
Bad Breath Defender – Because water washes away food debris in our mouth, it keeps our mouth clear of anything bacteria can fed off of which leads to bad breath. By drinking plenty of water, you can prevent that morning breath and even after meals breath!
With all the oral health benefits water can provide, it’s easy to see how beneficial it can be. A no calorie drink that quenches your thirst while simultaneously prevent tooth decay, bad breath and dry mouth? Here at Credit River Dental Centre, we know how important it is to stay cool outside, but keeping your teeth cool too! Nothing beats optimal oral health care than a natural source preventer and cavity fighter! Please call us today at 905-278-4297 for your next appointment today and see what other ways we can help keep your smile cool!