Water and the reduction of dental cavities
- Drinking water helps us to improve oral health. While there is no substitute for regular brushing and flossing, rinsing your mouth with water after you eat and drink can have a huge and positive impact on your oral health. (12)
- There is evidence, that children in Europe still have problems with oral health. 20 to 90 percent of 6 year old children have dental fillings and at the age of 12, an average of 0.5–3.5 permanent teeth are affected by cavities as a result of dental decay.
- The consumption of sugary drinks can lead to dental decay and the resulting fillings. This can be avoided by encouraging the consumption of drinks without sugar.
Drinking tap water help with dental hygeine. Did you know:
- Water keeps our mouth clean, it rinses off the remains of the sugars and acids found in sweet drinks, which both erode away enamel.
- Water helps the mouth to create saliva. Saliva is our mouth’s first defense against tooth decay. It washes away leftover food, helps us swallow with ease and keeps your teeth strong by washing them with calcium, phosphate, and fluoride. When saliva supply runs low, dry mouth may put us at risk from tooth decay. Drinking water can help cut the risk. (11)
- Water helps to fight against bad breath. Smelly morning breath is caused by dry mouth, and drinking water throughout the day keeps bad breath from forming.