We have been told how important it is to keep our bodies hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. The fact is that we can survive longer without food than we can without water. Our bodies are made up of 60% water which is vital to the operation of all our vital bodily organs. We use water to regulate our temperature, get rid of waste and keep our joints in proper working order. Water is also necessary for the maintenance of our oral health.
Saliva is what moistens your mouth, it also rinses away the sugar from the foods and drinks that you consume which if allowed to remain can lead to the development of tooth decay. Drinking water will promote a steady flow of saliva to coat the teeth and protect them from cavity-causing bacteria and harmful acids. A dry mouth, however, interferes with the coating action of the saliva so that it is no longer a protective agent.
Studies have shown that the average person needs 6-8 glasses of water a day to stay properly hydrated, some of us may need more, others less. A good way to tell is by the color of your urine. If it is clear or slightly tinged your hydration level is normal, a dark amber color could mean that you are not drinking enough water.
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