Is Water Consumption Good for Oral Health and Hygiene ?

Jamie J. Alexander on September 21, 2017

Water Consumption for Oral Health

The October 2017 issue of Consumer Reports contains an article on the healing power of water. This is a great reminder to us that we need to drink water every day. Water, not only makes up 60 percent of our body, it keeps our organs functioning and is great for oral health.

The primary ingredient of our blood is water. Good hydration increases the volume of blood going through our arteries. This results in fewer heartbeats and less stress on the heart muscle. Water flushes our bodies of waste. Good hydration is essential for the liver, kidneys, and digestive tract to function optimally. Staying hydrated helps us sweat more to regulate our body temperature when we are hot. Drinking water can limit the rise in our temperature when we are running a fever. Drinking water removes lactic acid from our muscles more quickly when we exercise. It even makes us feel full to avoid overeating.

Water is essential for all the fluid that works as a lubricant throughout our bodies. You know the sensation of a dry throat. Imagine if your lungs were dry. In your mouth, water hydration plays a significant role in saliva production. Saliva is a lubricant that affects more than your comfort. It clears away food particles as you eat and starts the digestive process of breaking down food. Whenever saliva production is low, you are at greater risk of enamel erosion (caries) and inflammation of the gums. Without the lubrication of saliva, the entire inside of your mouth and tongue are encumbered and uncomfortable. A dry, burning sensation can develop.

Some people suffer from chronic dry mouth due to medical conditions and medications. For them, sipping water throughout the day greatly helps. And there are oral health products that may provide relief. Ask us about them.

How much water should you drink? For men, the recommended amount is 16 cups a day (one gallon) and for women, it’s about 11 cups. But, the amount that is best for you will be based on your weight, the weather, and how vigorously you exercise.

Do the other beverages you drink and water in the foods you eat count towards the amount of water you are daily taking in? Yes, but alcoholic beverages and other natural diuretics are actually dehydrating. If you have been drinking any of these, please drink plenty of water too.