Dr. Judith Y. Ko

Dr. Judith Y. Ko
Hemet Valley Dental Care

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Why is Water Important to Your Teeth?

Tooth decay is one of the most common conditions experienced by Americans and children in particular. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that more than 19% of children have untreated decay and 41% have decayed primary, or baby teeth. Why are these statistics so bad? Mainly because decay is an easily treated disease. After children, the most frequently seen patient with decay is the older adult.

“As we age we frequently are prescribed medications and a large percentage of the medications we take have a side effect of dry mouth, which contributes to tooth decay,” says Dr. Judith Ko, your Hemet Top Dentist according to the Inland Empire Magazine.

The CDC considers the fluoridation of water in the 1950-1960’s as one of greatest achievements in public health and those with access to fluoridated water and toothpaste reaped the benefits of reduced decay. These trends have reversed as more and more people are drinking bottled water.

Water is critically important for the body. It hydrates and detoxifies us. And saliva, which is 98% water adds in the reduction of bacteria growth in the mouth. So what does all this mean? “Drink more water, not juice, or acidic beverages, like soda,” says Dr. Ko from her Cosmetic dental practice. “It’s best for your mouth and teeth.”

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