Isn’t it nice when there is a single thing that you can do to make your life easier? Unlocking your car with a key remote is fantastic when it’s raining or when your hands are full. Protecting your home and family by pressing one button to turn on your security system is easy to do. Well, what if there was one simple thing that you could do, starting right now, that would improve the health and appearance of your smile? There is!
Studies have proven that the health of your mouth is a direct indication of the health of your entire body. With one simple change, you can not only benefit your oral health, but you can also make a huge positive impact on your overall health. You should make water your beverage of choice.
If you frequently or regularly reach for a cold soda, sports drink, or energy drink to quench your thirst, you are doing more harm than good. Soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, fruit juice, and alcohol all contain high amounts of sugar and acids. Every time you sip one of these beverages, you are essentially bathing your teeth in harmful acids and sugars.
Oral bacteria are present inside your mouth in huge quantities. Oral bacteria have the sole purpose of helping to break down particles left behind after you eat and drink. However, two negative things occur as oral bacteria go to work:
- Oral bacteria create acids to assist them in breaking down particles inside the mouth.
- Oral bacteria thrive off sugary particles.
Each time you take a sip of a sweet beverage, you are promoting the production of an acidic attack on your teeth. With the amount of sugar and acids present in the drinks combined with the reaction to oral bacteria, sugar-laden beverages have no benefit to your smile or body.
It is recommended that everyone drink his or her body weight in ounces of water every day. If you weigh 120 pounds, your goal should be to drink 120 ounces of water. Water contains no harmful ingredients, and it provides the body with necessary hydration and cleansing.
At Engineered Smiles, we encourage you to make one simple change in your life: drink more water. Your smile, your body, and your overall health will thank you!