Dental Health Info Article

Water and Dental Health:

Water is an essential life supporting liquid as too little of the stuff can negatively impact general well-being and dental health. The liquid is the main component within the human body and maintaining proper hydration levels (daily consumption of 101 ounces of water for men and around 75 ounces for women according to the Mayo Clinic) is essential to prevent dehydration, to maintain a healthy metabolic rate and for transporting nutrients and oxygen throughout all cells. How the water is ingested can have surprising health benefits and consequences.

Water is Best in Its Liquid State

Water is an amazing chemical substance that can exist in three states; liquid, solid (in the form of ice) and gas (vapor or steam). While steaming provides health benefits such as relaxation, improving circulation, assist in breathing, reducing joint pain and to release toxins from the body, it is not going to do much in regards to fueling the levels of water necessary in the body. Instead, drinking water in its liquid form and not chewing on ice is the smartest move for dental health.

Although water is densest in its liquid state (which is the reason ice floats on water) when frozen the molecules will be suspended in mid action and the liquid will convert to a tough solid. Chewing ice will indeed allow for the important compound to enter the human body, that hard substance has the potential to cause dental problems. Chewing on ice can contribute to excessive wear and tear on teeth, damage tooth enamel, harm dental fillings and increase the odds of cracking the tooth itself. Additionally, individuals with sensitive teeth may not be able to handle the sensation of the icy temperature on exposed nerves, brrrrrr!

Benefits of Ice Water

While chewing on ice may not be the best idea in regards of dental care, nothing is more refreshing than sipping on a glass of ice water. Plus, sipping on ice water has the added perk of empowering the body to burn more calories than sipping on a room-temperature beverage.

The fact is America has an obesity epidemic fueled by unhealthy diets and inactivity. Most people solely focus on their weight as an issue of vanity, but the reality is being overweight can contribute to health issues such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. The best strategies to combat extra pounds is eating a nutritious diet based on the Government's Nutrition Plate, exercising regularly and making ice water the drink of choice.

Research published in the International Journal of Obesity reports that drinking cold water has a thermogenic effect on adults (a reaction to food consumed that increases a metabolic rate by encouraging the body to produce energy or heat resulting in an expenditure of calories). The thermogenesis state triggered by sipping ice water can greatly increase the resting energy expenditure (REE) and the number of calories burned when a body is at rest ( The hypothesis is that sipping ice water will rapidly cool the upper gastrointestinal tract, and raise the REE rate, forcing the body to burn excess calories.

Plain Water is Best

1-800-DENTIST wants consumers to know that "Choosing the Right Water, Key to Dental Health," as some options are better than others. In most cases, sipping on regular tap water is the best option as typically, community water supplies have the added dental health benefit of fluoride and it is free!

Although the market place is filled with plenty of water options, bottled water, flavored water and waters with a hint of lemon, they all pose risks to dental health. Bottled water may not have fluoride, flavored water have sugary additives that can contribute issues such as tooth decay and while lemon can help deliver some Vitamin C, the high acidic level in the fruit can cause tooth enamel erosion.

Individuals looking for additional tips on water and dental health or any other dentistry topic will get the best advice directly from their dentist. No dentist, no problem! Simply call 1-800-DENTIST, 24/7 and one of our professionally trained operators will provide you with the name of a pre-screened dentist close to home and up to the task of improving your oral health.