At Las Cruces Dental Solutions, we teach our patients that caring for the health of their teeth goes far beyond just visiting our office regularly. From a good oral hygiene routine at home to a healthy diet, the choices you make every day can help your teeth be healthy and strong. In fact, a simple decision you make every day may be affecting your oral health without your knowledge: drinking tap water.
Is Tap Water Healthy?
Tap water is the perfect alternative to sugary sodas and juices. Beverages high in sugar can cause the bacteria in your mouth to have a field day feasting and producing acidic byproducts that wear away tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay and cavities. On the other hand, water is refreshing for your mouth, your mind, and your overall body. It helps wash sugary residue off your teeth before bacteria have a chance to feed. Water also allows your mouth to produce a healthy flow of saliva, which works to remineralize your teeth and keep bad bacteria at bay. If you do decide to indulge in a sugary treat, drink a glass of tap water afterward to help wash away the remaining sugar from your teeth.
Can Tap Water Strengthen My Teeth?
One of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century was the addition of fluoride to the public water supply. Fluoride, a natural mineral, helps strengthen teeth through a process called remineralization. During remineralization, fortifying minerals such as fluoride, calcium, and phosphate are deposited on your tooth enamel to repair weakened areas. By strengthening enamel, fluoride helps prevent cavities from developing. Many communities that added fluoride to the public water supply have seen a subsequent reduction in cavities among their populations.
Is Fluoride Safe?
Fluoride is present in safe doses in tap water across the country, and has done wonders in reducing the prevalence of cavities in patients of all ages. So the next time you brush your teeth with tap water, you’ll know that you’re both cleaning and strengthening your teeth!