The weather here in Colorado really is something else, and that drop in temperature on Thursday was a pretty good reminder that it’s about to get cold whether we like it or not! Interestingly enough, we’ve also had temperatures up in the 70s recently.
Either way, with winter quickly approaching here in Fort Collins, staying hydrated is probably the last thing on your mind. This makes sense, of course, because many of us aren’t really that eager to take a big drink of ice water at this time of year. Instead, we turn to pumpkin spice coffee and hot apple cider. Understandably so!
But you’ve probably heard that it’s important to stay hydrated — and it is! But what does that have to do with the dentist? We’re breaking it down below, so keep reading to learn more.
Drinking Water Is Good For Your Oral Health
Most relevant to us is the fact that drinking plenty of water can help to decrease plaque buildup in your body. Needless to say, plaque is something you don’t want hanging around in your mouth because in addition to causing cavities, it can also cause gingivitis and gum disease. Although many Americans deal with some level of gum disease, one of the best things you can do in addition to daily brushing and flossing is to stay hydrated.
Drinking water can also help to keep your mouth smelling better. Most of us don’t carry around a pack of gum, and even if you do, enjoying naturally fresher breath is never a bad thing!
It’s Good For Plenty of Other Reasons As Well
There’s an entire laundry list of reasons that water is good for you, so we’ll just scratch the tip of the iceberg by saying that water…
- Flushes toxins from your body
- Keeps your muscles from getting too tight
- Helps to decrease headaches
- Carries nutrients through your body
- Improves your skin
- Keeps your energy levels up
- Aids digestion
- Helps you to feel fuller for longer
- And much more.
There you have it. Water really is one of the best things you can give your body, and there’s a good chance that even if you’re not constantly thirsty, you’re not giving your body enough. Although there are several recommendations for water intake based on your weight, the best thing you can do is just listen to what your body is telling you. Is your urine mostly clear? You’re probably hydrated, so keep it up! Is it more yellow? Drink a glass or two of water, and then keep after it!
Schedule an Appointment Today
At Shores Family Dentistry, we’re big proponents of what water can do for your oral health, and at the end of the day, we’re also good for your oral health. That’s why if it’s time for a checkup, we’d absolutely love to see you.
Whether it’s been awhile since you’ve visited or you’re looking for a new dentist in Fort Collins, our team will take great care of you at every step of the way. Feel free to browse our website to learn more about us or contact us today to schedule an appointment.