Can water help with my dental health?

Q. Can water help with my dental health?

A. Aside from the fact that water is incredibly beneficial to your dental health, recent studies have shown that drinking or even rinsing your mouth with water helps remove up to 60 percent of substances that are left behind and which contribute to bad breath.

A glass of water in the morning will help to wash away some of the bacteria in your mouth, but it is definitely not a solution to getting rid of bad breath altogether. If leftover food particles between your teeth and tongue are neglected, they begin to rot and will release an unpleasant smell. To test for bad breath, simply lick the inside of your wrist, wait for it to dry and sniff–if the smell is bad, you can be fairly sure that your breath is, too!

The best way to combat bad breath is to make sure you have an effective oral health routine that includes brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste last thing at night and at one other time during the day and making sure you floss daily to get rid of food particles that are left behind in those hard-to-reach places your toothbrush can’t get to and to also scrape your tongue to get rid of bacteria left there.

Water is an essential part of your diet and you can gain many oral health benefits from having a glass of water in the mornings. Most areas in the UK have fluoridated water which has been shown to help strengthen tooth enamel. For more information about dental problems contact Synergy Dental Clinics Preston, e-mail preston@synergydental.org.uk or go to synergydental.org.uk/dentist-in-preston/