Love to exercise? Make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your mouth moist! Saliva, which
consists of about 99% water, is actually an integral part of your dental health.
Here are three ways saliva helps protect your teeth:
(1) Consists of proteins and minerals that protect tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay and gum disease
(2) Helps fight germs in your mouth and prevents bad breath
(3) Displaces sugary drinks that damage tooth enamel and cause tooth decay
The Institute of Medicine recommends 15 cups (3.7 liters) of water a day for men and about 11 cups (2.7 liters) of water a day for women.