June 23 is National Hydration Day. While most people know about the importance of staying hydrated, reports show that up to 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Dehydration puts patients at risk for a host of oral health and total-body problems. This month, drink up and learn everything you need to know about hydration!
Why staying hydrated matters
Our bodies are approximately 60% water. Though you may be familiar with some side effects of dehydration (think: headaches or lightheadedness), you may not realize that your body uses water in nearly every function. In fact, some illnesses thrive in bodies that are suffering from dehydration. If you’re battling a condition like Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, or multiple sclerosis, it’s vital to stay as hydrated as possible. Here are some of the other many wonderful things that hydration can do for you:
Staying hydrated also has oral health benefits. It prevents dry mouth, which occurs when your mouth does not produce enough saliva. This is often caused by dehydration and can contribute to many oral health problems, such as tooth decay, halitosis, and gum disease. Healthy saliva production washes away food particles in the mouth, neutralizes acids, and coats teeth in enamel-strengthening minerals, like calcium and phosphate. Drinking water regularly can cut your risk of dry mouth, leading to better oral hygiene.
Tips for healthier hydration:
If you are ready to stop being dehydrated, drink up! Everyone has different water needs depending on factors like age, physical activity, medications, and environmental conditions—so listen to your body as you improve your hydration. When drinking water, remember the following tips to ensure your smile is as healthy as can be:
By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your smile and whole body are healthy while you stay hydrated. For more advice or to book your next appointment with our team, call us at 614.459.2300.