Staying Hydrated for a Healthy Body and Smile

Dr. Oz, your personal doctor, and health professionals across the globe support the idea that people need to consume a good deal of water. Our bodies are 55-78% water, so water is essential to good health. If you live in high altitude, extreme temperatures, are pregnant, or drink alcohol, your body’s water content is depleted more than people who are not in these situations. To calculate how much water you should drink each day, take this quiz.

While water is important for overall health, it’s also vital to maintaining good oral health. Drinking water throughout the day rinses away some of the bad bacteria, plaque, and decaying food particles in your mouth. This means, the water you consume reduces your risk of gum disease and tooth decay, as well as halitosis (bad breath).

In these summer months, playing outdoors and basking in the sun can dehydrate your body, so be sure to carry a refillable water bottle wherever you go. Bottled water does not usually contain fluoride, so try to drink tap water when possible. Fluoride is a mineral that, in small doses as in the public water supply, helps strengthen teeth against decay.

If you notice that your mouth feels dry all the time, you may suffer from xerostema, or chronic dry mouth. This condition can relate to certain medications or illnesses. Should you have xerostema, Dr. Pannu, one of our other dentists, or your general practitioner can help you overcome the condition. Pannu Dental Care has four locations to serve your family: Cupertino, Dublin, San Jose, and Fremont

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