Why is Staying Hydrated So Important?

Why is Staying Hydrated So Important?

Posted by Dr. Thomas Flavin Jun 30,2020

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Staying hydrated is very important for your overall health. It aids in digestion, blood circulation, and improving your mood. Your body is made up of about 60% water, so staying hydrated is extremely important. This is especially true when you are sick with a cold or the flu because your body is working hard to fight off an infection as well as repair itself.

Keeping your mouth moist is important as well since saliva helps fight bacteria in your mouth that can enter your system and make you sicker. But even if you don’t feel thirsty, it’s still important to drink plenty of water throughout the day since it can help relieve dry mouth symptoms like irritation and bad breath.

The Importance of Hydration for Oral Health

Though water is essential to the overall health of the body, it’s especially important to our oral health. In fact, drinking water can reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. It can also wash away food and bacteria from the surface of our teeth before it has a chance to cause damage. Drinking enough water can also prevent dry mouth and help keep our breath fresh. Insufficient water intake can cause some unfortunate side effects, such as bad breath and chronic thirst. These symptoms can make it very difficult to stay hydrated throughout the day. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, try drinking more water to help alleviate them. It can also help to consume more juicy fruits and vegetables that are high in water content. Being mindful of your hydration levels can benefit your oral health and hygiene.

Preventing Dental Caries

Water can wash away leftover food and bacteria in the mouth, preventing these substances from clinging to your teeth and creating plaque buildup. By staying hydrated throughout the day, you can prevent tooth decay and cavities from occurring.

In addition to water, other beverages can also keep you hydrated and help clean your mouth. Tea contains polyphenols that can help fight the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Coffee also acts as a mild antimicrobial agent and can ward off tooth decay. Just be sure to drink more water as well!

Drinking plenty of water can also help your gums stay healthy and strong. Many patients experience dry mouth as a symptom of their oral health conditions, which in turn can lead to gum disease, tooth loss, and more. Staying hydrated helps keep your salival glands producing moisture in your mouth and rinsing away food particles. This can prevent or reverse signs of gingivitis and other gum disorders.

To learn more, contact Healthy Smiles of Saint Louis at 4224 Watson Rd, St. Louis, MO 63109, or call (314) 832-1366. 

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