Hydration and Water
Good old H2O always has our back on sunshine-filled days. Hydration creates space for higher energy, better mood, and an overall healthier body. As part of that healthy body, your pearly whites will thrive with proper hydration too. We know that we’re supposed to drink more during these hot summer days, but it may be pushed to the side if we’re more focused on having fun than staying hydrated. Unfortunately, drinking less becomes a big bummer for your teeth. Not to worry! We’ll go over why and what you can do about it.
In the absence of water, things get a little dry. When you have less water in your body, you’ll produce less saliva. In turn, you might feel some dryness in your mouth. A desert-like mouth might only seem like an annoyance, but for your oral health, it can be damaging.
Saliva is a good worker for your mouth. This guy works hard to help protect your teeth by ridding them of food particles and acids. On the flip side, a dry mouth gives plaque and bacteria a reason to stick around. If left unchecked for too long, you’ll likely have experiences with tooth decay, infection, or even gum disease. You may also acquire breath that will make the ladies or gents turn the other cheek. Although the effects of dehydration seem rather gloomy for your summer, lack of saliva caused by dehydration is totally preventable. Of course, brushing and flossing help too, so be sure to keep up with your current routine.
Water You Waiting For? Drink Water!
Many of us have experienced times when it’s hard to remain hydrated. One of the best things to help you get more water is to invest in a bottle that holds enough water for your needs. Search for bottles that hold 48 ounces or even a gallon. This way, you can easily measure how much you’re drinking and easily reach your goals.
In the event that you forget to drink water, set a timer on your watch, computer, or cell phone. Each alarm serves as a reminder for you to drink water. Alternatively, you can group the task with another task as a reminder. For example, decide that every time you use the bathroom, you drink some water. Consistency is key when it comes to hydration. Keep it up each and every time. Your body and mouth will thank you.
On top of staying hydrated, a clean mouth can be a refreshing treat for the summer. Reach us here to make an appointment.