We all know that water is the best way to hydrate – especially in hot Texas summers – but did you know that water can also be your child’s BFF when it comes to keeping their teeth and body healthy?

Let’s start with teeth (since I’m a dentist)

1 – Water improves saliva production. Saliva cleanses your teeth, keeps teeth strong and prevents cavities by balancing and neutralizing the acidity in the mouth.

2 – Water cleans food particles off of your teeth and in-between teeth following meals. It removes sugar residue left on your teeth, which also helps prevent cavities.

Tip – On an outing and no time to brush? Clear your child’s teeth of unwanted sugar buildup by having them rinse their mouth with water immediately after a snack, meal or sugary drink. Swishing for 30 seconds helps remove food particles and sugar – giving teeth their best chance at being cavity free until it is time to brush again.

Now for overall health

3 – Water is sugar and calorie free! Which makes it an incredibly healthy option and the best choice over sugary drinks like soda, sports drinks and juice. These sugary drinks have been linked to tooth decay, childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes in children.

Dr. Sarah Severson