Author: Pam Strahs
Water. Nothing hydrates like plain water — and it's good for your oral health, too. Water is especially good to drink water after eating sugary foods because it helps rinse food particles from the teeth. This dilutes the acids produced from bacteria that are converting the sugar into acid. It's best to drink water with fluoride to help strengthen teeth, and most tap water in the United States has it. It's especially important for children to get fluoride. Adding fluoride to the local water supply helped reduce tooth decay in children, according to research published in February 2015 in the journal Caries Research. Check with your local water company to make sure your tap water contains fluoride. If bottled water is your preference, find out if it contains fluoride. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bottled water manufacturers aren't generally required to include fluoride amounts on the label. Check with the manufacturer about fluoride in your preferred bottled water.