When you are out and about, especially in the heat of summer, it’s better to reach for water than pop or sugary drinks, like sports drinks. Because these are laden with sugar, they can lead to the wearing away of tooth enamel, while adding unnecessary calories to your diet.
The better hydrated you stay, the more efficiently your body will work. Take your mouth and its salivary glands, for instance.
Did you know that our salivary glands produce one to two litres per day of saliva? And that saliva is about 98 per cent water?
Ask any dentist, and he or she will tell you that adequate saliva is very important to your mouth’s good health. Saliva helps moisten food so we can taste it, and helps us to swallow food without choking. The enzymes in saliva help break down starches, beginning the process of digestion before the food even leaves our mouths.
Even when we aren’t eating, saliva circulates in the mouth, picking up food debris, white blood cells and bacteria cells, and helping keep our cheeks, tongue, teeth and gums healthy.
But you have to take water in, in order for your salivary glands to produce it. It only makes sense, then, to keep your body hydrated, especially during the warm-weather months when it is very easy to lose moisture through sweating and heat exposure.
At Lakeport Dental, we’d love to talk to you about your summer dental safety! Make an appointment today by calling our offices at 905-934-0235.
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