We all know the importance of hydrating our body with good old fashion water. We know that our body is comprised of water. We know that when our body runs out of water, we crave it.
However, with the multitude of waters out there, which one do you pick? And which are good for your mouth and gums?
Thousands of theories out there about what is best for your body.
Here’s my personal choice: Essentia.
I like water that is alkaline… A pH greater than 7.
Alkaline water helps you neutralize the acidity in your body. Most professionals feel that an acidic body is less resistant to “bugs” that can cause you to get sick. Drinking a certain water that balances out that acidic environment would be a plus.
Alkaline water is usually made by splitting the water molecules so that you have some H ions and some OH ions. Water with more OH ions is alkaline.
There are in fact at home water ionizers that can do this process.
For right now, I’d rather purchase the alkaline bottled water even though there are some very legitimate reasons why you should not buy bottled water (waste and energy put into the manufacturing and deliver to name a few).
I’ve been drinking Essentia water (website) for a while and can feel some great results. It is great tasting and the color of course is clear. You can purchase these bottles at select food stores or you can get it from our website (buy Essentia Water).
What I like most about it is its taste and the results… it just makes me feel better. My bowel movements are better and my teeth feel better.
Alkaline water is also believed to be a natural anti-oxidant… a point I firmly agree with.
Drinking and swishing your mouth can have some dental benefits, too. Water has a cleansing effect inside the mouth. It “washes” away debris, just like saliva. But because a lot of the germs in the mouth and the foods we eat are acidic, this Essentia water is great to counter act the acid and increase the pH inside the mouth.
I’ve always promoted staying away from as many acidic foods as possible and minimizing the frequency of meals. For 20 minutes after you eat something (no matter how large the portion), you have an acid attack on your gums and enamel.
Want to know how to prevent cavities? Keep the acidity low (or make the pH high) in your mouth.
So as I like alkaline water for its systemic effects, it is also good for the mouth… surely you’ll make your dentist and dental hygienist happy.
As far as negatives, the environmental problems is what really stands out. Bottled water takes a tremendous amount of energy and resources to produce and transport. It also can sit in plastic bottles for months before consumption. But despite the drawbacks, Essentia water is still preferable over almost all municipal water sources in the United States. The best alternative would be an ionizer installed in your home or place of work, but it requires a tremendous monetary investment. In the future, we will be installing an ionizer in our office for the benefit of our patients.
As a San Diego dentist, anything I can do to help my patients is definitely worth the investment.
To Your Health!
PS: If you’d like to buy a bottle of Essentia water, many health food stores and some grocery stores carry it in multiple sizes. We carry the large size (about 1.5 Liters) on our website: Purchase Essentia Water.