Summers in Rockland County are nice. Not too hot, but hot enough for most of us. It’s a time to get out and get active by going for a bike ride, running, hiking, or swimming, kayaking, or paddleboarding at Rockland Lake or Mirror Lake. That can be good for your state of mind and good for your body. However, it can be bad for your teeth.
Here are 5 reasons why your teeth may be at risk this summer.
1. Dehydration Is Bad for Your Teeth
Whether you’re working out, playing sports, or just working in the garden, you can get dehydrated. Your saliva levels will decrease, which is bad for your oral health because your saliva protects your teeth and gums.
Saliva has antibacterial properties, which help control the bacteria that attack your teeth and gums. Saliva also contains minerals that help restore your teeth and helps maintain a neutral pH in your mouth. But when you get dehydrated, your saliva can actually turn acidic, leading to increased tooth damage.
Your mouth can also become dry if you breathe through your mouth instead of your nose. Mouth breathing during sleep is common in the summer months.
Regardless of why your mouth is dry or why you’re dehydrated, it’s important to consume enough water for the health of your teeth. Make sure to drink at least 64 ounces of water per day, or more if you’re active or it’s on the hotter side. This will help ensure bacteria is washing away from your teeth enough throughout the day.