Many Americans do not drink enough water on a daily basis but it is not only critical to your overall health but to your oral health as well. While being dehydrated can certainly result in several negative health consequences, it can also affect your oral health as well. Being dehydrated means that you are more likely to experience a dry mouth. When your mouth is dry, bacteria can more easily accumulate on your teeth and gums.
The acid produced from the bacteria in plaque can damage your enamel. Drinking an adequate amount of water and producing saliva help protect against this occurrence in between your brushing. In addition to allowing bacteria to gather, being dehydrated results in less saliva. Saliva is involved in several processes that are key to good oral health.
Saliva contains important minerals that your teeth need. Not only does saliva work to protect your teeth from bacteria by making it harder for plaque to accumulate, but it also works to repair your teeth. The minerals in saliva repair damaged enamel throughout the day. Being dehydrated makes it more likely that your teeth will become and stay damaged.
How Much Should I Drink Daily?
The daily recommended water intake varies slightly between men and women. According to the Mayo Clinic, men should consume roughly 124 ounces of water every day. This is just shy of 1 gallon and equates to 15.5 cups daily. Women require slightly less water and are recommended to consume 92 ounces daily.
Those that consume an appropriate amount of water every day lower their risk of certain oral health conditions, such as decay and even gum disease. By simply improving your water consumption, you can better protect yourself and maintain good oral health. If you would like to learn more about the importance of staying properly hydrated or need to speak to a dental professional, call our office today.