In Texas, it can certainly start to feel like summertime well before the season officially arrives on June 21. The temperature rises and leads to a lot of sweating and fluid loss when you are outside on the move for very long. When people forget to replace those fluids promptly, dehydration occurs. Since water comprises more than two-thirds of your body, any loss of fluids can affect regular bodily functions. Did you know it can impact your oral health too? Read on to learn from your dentist in San Antonio which signs of dehydration to look out for and the consequences it can have on your smile.
What’s the Association Between Dehydration & Oral Health?
Drinking plenty of water is always crucial, especially in hot weather. Dehydration can have detrimental effects on your body, resulting in persistent vomiting, diarrhea, heat cramps, heatstroke, heat exhaustion, and more. As for your oral health, it can cause your saliva production to decrease, meaning your chances of developing dry mouth and dental disease are much higher. Saliva also plays an essential role in maintaining a healthy mouth by washing away food particles and bacteria from your teeth and gums.
Signs of Dehydration
Unfortunately, the signs of dehydration can be very subtle, making it difficult to tell when your body requires fluids. Although symptoms can vary from person to person, there are some common signs to alert you of dehydration.
Young Children and Infants
- Crying without tears
- Their diaper hasn’t been wet in over three hours
- A dry mouth or tongue
- Sunken cheeks and eyes
- Irritability and listlessness
- Less urination
- Excessive thirst
- Dry mouth or bad breath
- Dark-colored urine
- Muscle spasms or cramps
- Dizziness, fatigue, or confusion
It’s worth noting that adults with certain health conditions like diabetes or alcoholism are more susceptible to dehydration.
Tips to Stay Hydrated
Water is truly one of the best drinks for your oral and general health. Staying hydrated is crucial for your overall well-being, especially during the warmer months. Here are some tips to help you get more water throughout the day:
- Drink water when you’re thirsty
- Always keep a reusable water bottle with you
- Hydrate before, during, and after exercising
- Eat foods with high water content, such as fresh fruits and vegetables
- If you’re not a fan of plain water, try drinking herbal or fruit-infused varieties instead
Dehydration might be a big problem during summer, but you can easily prevent it by drinking lots of water. That guarantees to keep you hydrated and healthy throughout the hottest months!
About the Author
Dr. Zachary Brice earned his dental doctorate from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School. He is diligent about taking continuing education courses each year to stay current in an ever-evolving dental field. Take care of yourself and stay hydrated in the Texas heat until your next dental checkup and cleaning with your dentist in San Antonio which you can schedule on his website or call (210) 903-5565.