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For a happy smile this holiday season, don’t forget to drink water! If you get dehydrated, your entire body is affected. It can reduce brain function, physical capacity, and strength. Proper hydration can combat these things, as well as making skin look less wrinkled, reduce risk of kidney stones, reduce constipation, and even help individuals lose weight! It is also great for your smile. Water cleans the mouth of food particles and other debris. Fluoridated water (available to 75% of the United States) is even more beneficial, as it delivers fortifying substances to your tooth enamel.

Clearly, it is a good idea to integrate even more water into your diet. Here are some tips to make sure you can do just that!

First, eat more fruits and vegetables. Their high water content will contribute to your hydration–in fact, most people obtain up to 20% of their hydration from food.

Second, avoid frequently drinking alcohol. Alcohol is a diuretic and contributes to dehydration. To combat this effect, try drinking a large glass of water with every drink you consume.

Third, make sure water is accessible! It is easier to drink the proper amount of water and stay hydrated if you have water directly on hand. Keep a bottle or two at your desk, in your car or bag, or another place you can find it easily.

For more information, call Samuel D. Knight, DDS in Farr West, Utah, at 801-731-3200. Dr. Samuel D. Knight and our team are happy to help!