Warm weather and sunny days are here, which means plenty of time spent outdoors. As you soak up the sun, it’s easy to get dehydrated, which can cause life-threatening complications. Even mild dehydration can affect your dental health. You can safeguard your pearly whites and support your wellness by staying hydrated this summer. Here are 6 subtle signs that you need to drink more water.
Hydration Keeps Your Mouth Healthy
Your dental health relies on hydration because a dry mouth can take a toll on your teeth and gums. Your body won’t produce enough saliva, creating the perfect breeding environment for harmful bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Proper saliva production is necessary to keep your mouth moist and neutralize bacteria growth. Every sip of water keeps you hydrated and rinses your mouth from bacteria.
Signs of Dehydration
You may not realize you are dehydrated until it’s too late because the signs can be easy to miss. Here are 6 ways dehydration can affect your body:
- Bad Breath: If your mouth becomes too dry, it causes an overgrowth of bacteria that can cause a foul odor.
- Muscle Spasms or Cramps: Dehydration causes your body to lose sodium and potassium, which are key minerals to maintain pH levels in your body and control the nervous system.
- Headache: Dehydration can temporarily shrink brain tissue, causing minor to severe discomfort.
- Dark Urine: If your urine isn’t a pale yellow, it’s time to drink a glass or two of water.
- Feel Under the Weather: Dizziness, nausea, and lightheadedness are signs of dehydration.
- Fatigue: Your cells won’t get the nutrients they need without enough water in your body to deliver them.
Keep Your Mouth and Body Hydrated
Healthcare professionals recommend drinking at least eight 8oz glasses of water every day. However, the amount of H2O you need varies depending on many factors, like if you’re outdoors or exercising.
Avoid sugary drinks, caffeine, and alcohol because they can contribute to dehydration. As a general rule of thumb, if your mouth gets a little dry, reach for a glass of water. You’ll keep your mouth moist and healthy while protecting your body from the complications of dehydration.
About Dr. David W. Cleveland
Dr. Cleveland achieved his dental degree from The Ohio State University and has continued his education in many specialty services and technologies. He strives to provide up-to-date dental care that supports the mouth and body connection. Request an appointment through our website or call (973) 303-8901.