By Delta Dental on Monday, July 2, 2018

The secret to a healthy smile is already in your tap

There are whitening toothpastes, mouth rinses and electric toothbrushes, but the secret to maintaining a healthy smile is actually simple: Drink more water.


Water consumption is important for the health of your teeth. It washes away cavity-causing bacteria, plaque and food particles while helping to keep your mouth moist and bad breath at bay. And nearly all tap water contains fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral that helps prevent tooth decay.

Drinking more water also has other health benefits, such as weight loss and an increased metabolism. Many times, weight gain can be brought on by overeating. Drinking plenty of water helps keep you feeling full which in turn results in eating less.

waterDrinking adequate amounts of water also prevents fluid retention because your body will be receiving enough. Additionally, according to BrainMD Life, drinking a large, cool glass of water will increase your metabolism by 24-30% for up to 90 minutes.

This little secret is included within Iowa’s Healthy Choices Count! movement which is under the nationally-known 5-2-1-0 program. The “0” in 5-2-1-0 promotes 0 sugary drinks and encourages all Iowans to drink more water. These four simple numbers can help you practice healthy habits – learn more about 5-2-1-0 here.

OK, so you’ve been told to drink more water. But making sure you’re drinking enough can be hard! Check out these tips for more ways to increase your daily water intake:

Reaching your weight loss goal and maintaining a happy and healthy smile is possible. Drink more water and Live 5-2-1-0 to stay on track to new healthy habits.

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