Dentist Questions Tooth Decay

Can drinking water prevent tooth decay?

I've been trying to drink more water and less sugary drinks, like soda and iced tea. I've had a few cavities in my lifetime, all were taken care of as well. Now that I'm cutting out sugary drinks, am I also preventing any tooth decay?

4 Answers

Latest studies show that fluoridated water does not prevent cavities. Water is much better for your body than sugar drinks.

A major source of tooth decay is sugary drinks, so cutting them out will definitely help. Many communities have incorporated fluoride into the drinking water at 1PPM to reduce decay, so this will help. Rinse your mouth after meals, brush twice daily, and floss. Keep your mouth moist by drinking water, which will also reduce the acid content. You will curtail most cavities.
Hope this helps.
For water to help you cut down on cavities, it must be flouridated (contain flouride).
The frequency of carbohydrates causes cavities. Not only do you not want to drink sugary beverages between meals, but you also do not want to consume fruits, dairy, grains or starches because they are all basically sugar in hidden forms. At meal time eat anything you desire, but between meals avoid carbohydrates. This is because our teeth actually heal between meals, and consuming carbohydrates during these healing periods interfere with healing.