At Smile Surfers, our mission is to provide superior dental care. We also want to provide resources and topics that will help you and your children make healthy decisions in all areas of your life. Here is why water should be the most important beverage in your child’s diet.
Water consumption and proper hydration are important topics for our children’s overall well being and the health of their teeth and mouths. Summer is just around the corner and that means warmer temperatures and more outdoor activities, including barbeques and ice cream sandwiches! It’s more important than any other time of year to monitor their fluid intake to keep little bodies thriving and their teeth strong.
Staying Hydrated for Optimal Health
Our bodies need water to survive; even the ability to regulate our body’s temperature is dependent on how much water we drink. We lose water during the day through sweating, using the bathroom and even breathing. When the temperature is elevated, children lose fluids faster than adults. The result is a body that cannot function properly.
Kids have higher water requirements in relation to their body weight than an adult does. Sufficient water intake helps their muscles move and function properly. Kids also need water to carry vital nutrients to cells throughout their bodies.
As the mercury rises, staying properly hydrated is even more important for children. Kids can become dehydrated without realizing it. Generally, by the time your kiddo realizes he or she is thirsty, dehydration has already begun.
Symptoms will be feeling dizzy or lightheaded, a sudden tired feeling, rapid heartbeat and dry lips or mouth. Getting them rehydrated quickly is imperative to restoring that healthy balance.
The more active kids are, especially when outdoors in hotter temperatures, the more water they need to keep their body in balance.
Here are a few fun tips to help keep your little surfers hydrated and healthy:
- Send a re-usable bottle of water with your kids wherever they go. Having water in easy reach will make it easier for them to drink more during the day.
- Encourage your kids to drink a full glass of liquid with every meal.
- Add fruit or herbs to your their water to give it a different flavor. Let them experiment with different fruit combinations. If they are involved in creating something colorful and tasty, it makes it more fun for them to drink the fluids they need.
- Fruits and vegetables are also great sources of water. Instead of a salty snack, give your children watermelon slices, apples, pears or celery.
- Avoid sugary drinks, sodas and juices as much as possible.
Water Intake & Healthy Teeth
Water is important for our bodies overall function but also critical to keeping kids mouths and teeth in tip-top shape.
We need water to wash away food particles and bacteria left on our teeth after eating or drinking. Many foods and beverages can leave sugar or other residue on teeth. The cavity-causing bacteria left behind can produce acid that wears away at the enamel of teeth.
A big drink of fluoridated water is an easy way to help keep teeth clean and make them strong. Fluoride is a mineral that many dentists call “nature’s cavity fighter”. It helps prevent cavities and tooth decay by making the enamel more resistant to the acids caused from bacteria.
Water is also important because it prevents dry mouth by helping produce saliva. Saliva is mostly water and contains proteins and minerals that also fight enamel-eating acids.
And let’s face it, a refreshing glass of cool water on a warm, sunny day is just about the best thing ever.
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