The weather in our Dallas, TX community is still hovering around cold and chilly with the occasional warm days sprinkled in. Of course, it’s winter and spring is not here just yet but it will be before we know it! As a result, our team would like to offer a quick pre-spring reminder that is helpful not only for kiddos but for parents, too. It’s an easy one: Remember to drink lots of water! While you always need to keep this in mind, when the temps are on the rise and kids spend more time outdoors, playing on team sports, and more, it becomes a bit easier to become dehydrated. So, let’s talk oral health related details and the like!
How Much Is Enough?
Of course, it’s always a good idea to speak further with us about water intake or to check in with your pediatrician if you have questions. However, as for a general rule of thumb, think of water in terms of 8-ounce glasses. It is recommended that children 8 years of age and up should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily, which equals 64 ounces. This goes for adults, too! So, how about before the age of eight, you wonder? For children younger than eight, your child should use his or her age number to signify the number of 8-ounce glasses of water to consume, according to the Children’s Hospital OC. For instance, a two-year-old should drink two 8-ounce glasses of water daily. A six-year-old should drink six of them, and so on and so forth!
Water Is A Wonderful Neutralizer
Whether your kids eat candy and drink soda or not, their smiles are still going to be exposed to things that can create an acid environment in their mouths, which includes even natural sugars from fruits, carbohydrates, etc. While brushing and flossing is important, don’t forget that drinking water throughout the day and right after snacks and meals is quite helpful for one’s oral health. It helps rinse teeth and to neutralize acids, thereby protecting teeth from a greater chance of cavities and other concerns.
We Need Water For Everything!
When you or your child is dehydrated, it means that you do not have enough water in your system. This can affect just about everything from one’s oral health to your overall well being. Insufficient water can lead to dry mouth and bad breath, which is a common sign that one’s system is in need of hydration! Keep up the whole family’s water intake, so everyone’s hydrated, happy, and healthy!
Learn More From Our Dental Care Team
Keep your child’s smile as safe as you can, while you keep yourself well-informed, and you can feel relaxed and secure about the dental care you are practicing on a daily basis. When you have questions, bring them to us! Schedule a visit with your Dallas, TX children’s dentist, Dr. Marr at Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda by calling 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, TX, and all surrounding communities.