Alkaline water can help to maintain good dental health
What we eat and drink has an impact on our dental health, from our gums to the enamel that covers our teeth and keeps them strong and hard.
The average mouth has a pH of 6.3 but when its pH decreases below 5.5, demineralisation (erosion) of enamel begins. This rate of demineralisation changes in relation to the pH: the lower the pH, the faster the rate of demineralisation.
The type of water that we brush our teeth with will affect our dental health. Pure drinking water is neither acidic nor alkaline, it has a pH of 7.0, which is a neutral pH, however tap water might be slightly acidic or a low alkaline.
It’s believed that there are several disadvantages to drinking and brushing our teeth with acidic water. Acidic water typically has higher levels of metal ions like iron and manganese and may even contain heavy metals. It has been acknowledged that acidic water can erode plumbing pipes resulting in heavy metals being released into the water that the pipes are carrying – a concern if using tap water for drinking or brushing teeth
Alkaline pH balance
Some experts believe what we eat and drink can create an acid-base imbalance, resulting in our bodies becoming too acidic. They believe that we can correct this imbalance by adopting an alkaline diet and drinking alkaline water. This has led to an increase in people drinking alkaline water not only because of its potential health benefits but to help normalise the body’s pH level.
Alkaline water and oral health
Drinking acidic soft drinks and eating acidic foods will, over time, erode the hard dental enamel that covers our teeth, eventually leading to tooth sensitivity and discolouration. Drinking alkaline water may help to neutralise the acidity and help slow down or prevent acid erosion. Our saliva helps to neutralise acidity, however drinking alkaline water may provide some additional pH-balancing properties.
It’s known that plaque-forming bacteria living in the mouth contribute to dental cavities and gum disease. This bacteria produces acids that erode enamel and dentine, causing cavities to form if re-mineralisation doesn’t take place fast enough. Drinking and brushing our teeth with alkaline water may neutralise some of this acidity while helping to re-mineralise teeth because of the additional calcium it contains.
Although the available research is limited, drinking alkaline water may have benefits when it comes to oral hygiene and dental health. It will help lower the pH level in the mouth and may help to re-mineralise teeth.
“The natural alkaline pH of 8.2 and mineral content of Angel Revive Natural Alkaline Spring Water is perfect – it helps neutralise acidic surroundings that are created in the mouth during sugar attacks. This can enhance the natural buffering effects of saliva and help keep the mouth as healthy and acid free as possible.”
Angel of Mawdesley Natural Alkaline Water has a unique mineral content, rich in the key minerals and electrolytes required by the body. It is a drink with a pH of 8.2 and as such is an alkaline water.
The unique mineral content results in our helping to replacing lost minerals in the body during hydration, whilst replenishing and revitalising the body.
A pH level of 7 is considered neutral. pH values under 7 are classified as acidic whilst values over are considered to be alkaline. Our drink has a pH level of 8.2 which leads to it being categorised as an alkaline water.
Alkaline drinks are believed to have health benefits in regulating the body’s pH level and preventing or reducing the body’s acid level.