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The Link Between Hydration and Oral Health

Smiling Dental Patient Roswell GA

You probably already know that water is essential to human survival. In fact, our bodies are composed of nearly 60% water. Water allows us to remove wastes, distribute nutrients and keep our skin healthy. But the benefits of H20 don’t stop there. Water is equally important to your oral health, especially if you choose a supply that contains fluoride!

Staying hydrated means that you are consuming enough water to meet your body’s needs and demands. While there are various opinions on how much water you should be drinking each day, most health authorities suggest eight 8-ounce glasses (the 8 X 8 rule). This prevents dehydration, which can threaten several systems within your body, including your oral health.

How Water Benefits Your Smile

#1 Makes your Teeth Stronger
When you choose a water supply that contains fluoride (typically tap water), you are getting nature’s cavity prevention. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in water that offers the remarkable ability to strengthen the enamel of your teeth and help prevent tooth decay. Don’t miss this essential benefit of water for your teeth, and make sure you are not strictly drinking bottled water without fluoride. Water also promotes saliva production, and saliva contains calcium and phosphorus ions which help strengthen the teeth as well.

#2 Prevents Dry Mouth
A parched mouth demands water. While there are other factors that can cause dry mouth, dehydration is a primary culprit in restricting saliva flow. Unfortunately, your oral health is at significant risk when saliva production remains low. We need saliva to digest our food, rinse away bacteria and neutralize the acids in our mouth. When saliva is decreased due to dehydration, you can become more vulnerable to a variety of oral heath issues ranging from cavities and infections to gum disease and bad breath.

#3 Cleans Your Teeth and Gums
Water is one of the quickest and most convenient ways to clean your teeth when a toothbrush and toothpaste are not available. In fact, drinking water after consuming high-sugared foods or acidic drinks can rinse away substances from your teeth and gums before they have a chance to cause harm. In addition, frequent sips of water throughout the day can deter staining on your teeth caused by dark-colored foods and drinks. There’s no risk of water harming your teeth so it is the safest means for repeated rinses and maintenance cleanings between brushing.

#4 Prevents Bad Breath
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is one of the best ways to prevent foul breath odor that is caused by bacteria and plaque buildup. Water not only helps to rinse away lingering bacteria and food debris between meals, but it also promotes saliva production to further boost the cleaning process. When bacteria is not removed or rinsed away, it feeds on sugars in your mouth and releases foul-smelling sulfur compounds in the process. Staying hydrated can help prevent this stinky chain of event from occurring inside your mouth.

Just because you are not sweating outside in the Georgia heat, doesn’t mean you can slack off on your water consumption game. Continue to stay hydrated through the winter and all seasons of the year to protect your physical health and your smile health. For more ways that water can improve your dental health, call Dr. Mitzi Morris.

Posted on the behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC

Our Patient Reviews

Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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