Well, it’s that time of the year again, the sun’s hot and all we want to do is spend time outdoors. Staying hydrated is important year-round, but as the weather gets warmer, we are urged to drink even more water.
Drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your body, especially when you’re feeling sick. Dehydration has several symptoms such as a headache, fatigue, upset stomach, dizziness, dry mouth, muscle cramps, palpitations, and much more. This is why we are recommended to drink 30-50 ounces of water per day. Many professionals recommend up to 64 ounces in a day. It may sound like a lot, but considering all of the health benefits, it is worth it.
Dehydration affects our oral health more than one may think. One of the more common symptoms of dehydration is dry mouth. We need saliva to keep bad bacteria and acid away from our teeth, to keep enamel strong and prevent bad breath, gingivitis and other decay like cavities. Drinking water rather than Gatorade or juice is better because it washes away left behind food particles and sugars stuck to the teeth. It will also help to keep your teeth looking white! Brushing is still recommended twice a day for two minutes each (and in between meals) but drinking water is a great first step to a cleaner, fresher smile!