We are excited for the opportunity to welcome back our patients and staff! With everyone's safety in mind during this unusual time, we have taken great care in implementing a comprehensive set of new protocols to ensure the lowest possible risk of disease transmission that follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A comprehensive list of changes to our office can be found here.
We look forward to seeing everyone again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.
Water is a vital liquid for us. In addition to most of our bodies being made of water, saliva – which naturally lubricates the mouth and maintains a pH-neutral state – is 99% water. However, many of our patients are not drinking enough water. Especially considering how many beverage alternatives there are, it's easy to lose track of our water intake or skip it completely. However, our staff recommends that our patients make the effort to reintegrate water into their daily routines.
How to Actively Ensure You Are Receiving Enough Water
The best guideline for the correct amount of water intake is for each person to drink water until they have quenched their thirst. This is because people won't have the same hydration requirements; people who exercise or live in warm climates will need more water than an “average” person. However, for those who are focused on metrics, setting an obtainable goal can help people remember to drink water regularly. Keeping and maintaining a reusable water bottle makes it easier for a person to keep hydrated, especially in cities and areas with multiple hydration stations. People with smart devices such as fitness trackers or smartphones can set timed reminders to drink water. An easy way to increase water intake is to replace other beverages – such as coffee and soda – with water. Drinking a cup of water before meals increases water intake and handles false hunger pangs caused by thirst. If the lack of flavor in water is an issue, consider using fruit to add flavor to the water; be sure to avoid artificial water flavor packets as they contain sugar or other sweeteners. Eating foods that are high in water – such as lettuce, celery, and watermelon – is another way to get water throughout the day. Finally, starting and ending each day with a glass of water will help reinforce the habits of drinking water routinely each day.
If you have questions about your water intake, call our office for a consultation. We can help you establish a routine that will keep you hydrated and healthy.