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November 16, 2023

Dentist reveals the one healthy habit that could be destroying your teeth

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Drinking water is good for you – we all know that.

But now a dentist claims that drinking too much water can actually be quite bad for your teeth.

The saliva in our mouths is important to heal and protect our teeth – but US-based dentist Dr. Ellie Phillips says when we drink water, it gets washed away.

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Dentist says this health habit is destroying your teeth

She shared a video to TikTok talking about the dangers of constantly sipping water throughout the day, in regards to your mouth health.

“This applies to all liquids. The spit or the saliva that comes into your mouth is the mouth’s most healing liquid,” Dr Phillips explained.

“It can help heal your teeth because it’s full of all the minerals that your teeth need and there are also … immune cells and proteins that are necessary for gum healing.”

A 2012 scientific paper confirms that, yes, “saliva is the most important biological factor affecting the progression of dental erosion.”

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Of course, drinking water is still essential for our health – we should aim to drink about two litres a day. But Dr Phillips argues that this shouldn’t be done by constantly sipping from a glass or bottle at regular intervals. 

The water we drink dilutes the saliva in our mouth, lessening the positive effects it has on our teeth and gums.

“This is why people who sip liquids all day have sensitive teeth, gum recession, cracked enamel,” says the dentist.

“Their teeth are weak, they break, they think they need night guards and retainers. What they need is to give their own saliva … adequate time to interact with their teeth and gums,” she said. 

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The solution that Dr Phillips puts forward is to drink the majority of your daily water intake during meals, or during designated times of the day.

Some commenters on the TikTok pointed out that previously, advice has said that we shouldn’t be drinking while eating as it can mess with our digestion. However, this is a myth.

Another great way to protect your teeth is through your diet.

“Consuming food and beverages that are low in sugar and acid is a good start,” dentist Dr Rick Iskandar previously told 9Honey.

“A tooth-friendly diet includes whole grains, nuts, eggs, cheese, bananas, fresh vegetables, fish, and lean meat.”

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