Staying hydrated is important for optimal health for both your body and your oral hygiene.
“Especially in these hot summer months, it is important to be well hydrated to maintain proper body chemistry balance. Proper balance affects our mouths also where dehydration can lead to bad breath, gum tissue problems and decay. A vibrant smile is always enhanced by plenty of healthy moisture!” said Dr. Gorman.
One of the first signs of dehydration is dry mouth. Dry mouth can cause bad breath and ultimately lead to further complications such as gingivitis. When your mouth is not producing enough saliva it becomes an ideal breeding ground for bacteria which can lead to cavities and gingivitis.
According to Dr. Julian Seifter, a kidney specialist and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, healthy people should get 30 to 50 ounces of water per day (about 1 to 1.5 liters), but not all at once.
“The kidneys lose some ability to eliminate water as we age. It’s important to stay hydrated gradually, throughout the day,” he says. He recommends drinking water or juices and eating water-rich foods such as salads, fruit, and applesauce. “An easy way to stay hydrated gradually is by getting fluids at meals, with medicine, and socially,” says Dr. Seifter.
Tips to stay hydrated:
- Drink a lot of water (30-50 ounces per day)
- Eat water dense foods such as fruit
- Drink coconut water to replace lost electrolytes when you sweat
- Stay away from salt
Call the dentist if you have:
- Tooth pain
- Swollen or puffy gums
- Dusky red or dark red gums
- Gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Tender gums
Therefore, remember that hydration will provide optimal health for your body and your oral hygiene.