Tooth decay is still a relatively big problem at the moment. There was always an awareness that sugar caused tooth decay and a lot of work was done on making sure that people were educated so that they knew about brushing teeth regularly and avoiding sugar where possible. This is something that is carried on today with children from a young age being shown the importance of regular brushing and avoiding foods that cause tooth decay and tooth decay has improved as a result of this education.
However, there has been a recent increase in tooth decay again. This has been put down to the extra amount of acid that people are eating. This is partly due to the acid in fruit juice and dried fruit that is being consumed in higher quantities because people are concerned about getting their five a day. Acid rots the enamel in teeth and this cannot be replaced once it is gone and it can cause teeth to be more vulnerable to decay as well as making them not look as nice. The sugar that is left behind also attracts plaque which can cause further decay.
Alkaline water is a relatively new idea. The tap water goes through an electrolysis process which makes it more alkaline. It is felt that this has a selection of different health benefits, one of which is to neutralise the mouth. This is felt to help to prevent tooth decay as well as bad breath.
However, it is important to realise that the acid on the teeth is underneath the layer of plaque. Simply drinking the water may not do very much to that acid. It will need to be swished around the mouth, so that there is more force to wash away the acid. Brushing and flossing as well as swishing with water mixed with baking soda will have the same effect as drinking the alkaline water.
If the tap water has fluoride added, which has benefits to teeth, then this is removed when it goes through the electrolysis to make it alkaline. This may remove some of the benefits of the alkaline water, although without looking at proper research results, there is no way to know for sure.
There has been a lot of anecdotal evidence with regards to the use of alkaline water and some research done. Many people have found that using alkaline water has been good for their teeth. However, it is a relatively new idea and so no long term research has been able to be done.
It is worth considering that people may be replacing acidic soda and sugary fruit juice with water and this could be the reason that they are finding their teeth are better, rather than the water actually helping. No studies have been done to compare alkaline water and tap water to see what the effect is on teeth. However, there are many other health claims on alkaline water too, which may be a strong reason for some people deciding to change to drinking it.
Author Bio – Jake Anderson is a diet and fitness advocate with a focus on the benefits of a liquid diet. Jake has been writing on the health benefits for 5 years now. He is currently writing on benefits of alkaline water and how it is helpful.
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