It’s that tempting time of year again when Mainers travel far and wide to our coast’s ample beaches for some much needed Vitamin D. For most of us, basking beneath the warm sun and lying in the sand is the kickoff to summer. Who doesn’t enjoy a long day swimming in the ocean and working on our tans?
Like every season, summer has its perks, but it also has its problems: dehydration. Dehydration occurs when we don’t consume enough fluids during the day to replace the ones we lose in the hot weather. Being outside in the sun for hours on end without enough to drink can lead to dehydration. The key, of course, isn’t to drink anything. Rather, it’s important to consume enough water.
Water plays a vital role in nourishing our anatomy. Unlike sugary, caffeinated, and alcoholic drinks that do more harm than good, water is a calorie-free beverage that keeps our bodies and our mouths clean and healthy in many ways.
Water has been proven to strengthen teeth. While drinks like sodas and sports beverages contain large amounts of sugars that can lead to cavities, water is sugar-free. With every sip, water washes away any lingering residue that may foster the growth of cavity-causing bacteria. This health trick helps to keep the shell of our teeth cavity-free and clean.
Similarly, water aids hydration in a way that positively affects our bodies. Since the human body is made of about 60% water, replenishing the water in our systems is critical. Drinking water helps our systems operate by distributing healthy nutrients throughout our bodies, ridding us of waste, and hydrating our skin. It’s natural and beneficial.
Hydration is key to proper oral and anatomical health. If you’re planning a beach trip, add a bottle of water in your bag. Bringing water with you is just as essential as packing sunscreen and a towel. Drinking water while lying under the sun will keep your teeth and skin happy. Plus, it’s calorie-free so you’re waistline will thank you, too!
If you have any questions about how dehydration can affect your oral health, please call us at (207) 773-6331 to learn more.