When there is a heat wave, it’s easy to become dehydrated. You may feel so thirsty that you think you could just put a straw in a swimming pool (minus the chlorine) and still feel parched. The sun not only forces your salivary glands to work overtime, but if you’re baking in the heat, and drinking a lot of alcoholic beverages to boot, you could end up with a dental condition called dry mouth. When you don’t have ample saliva, you can end up with bad breath and increased chances of gum disease and tooth decay. Your Farmington Hills dentist will provide you with some information to stop the sun from taking a toll on your oral health.
Moisten with Water
Are your hair and skin extra dry? Do you feel like you might just shrivel up like a raisin? Between the heat outside, and the constantly blowing air conditioning indoors, moisture fluctuations can dry out the valuable mucous membranes and salivary glands that keep your ears, nose, throat, and mouth moist and comfortable. Sometimes, the simple act of upping the water drinking ante will help your salivary glands to stay active as always. If you find that drinking plenty of low sugar/no acid beverages does nothing to help your dry mouth, you should call your Farmington Hills dentist for a consultation.
Everybody Was Barbecuing
If you have a pool (or access to one), live near a beach, or just like to picnic and grill with friends and family, you may be consuming lots of sodium-heavy foods. From chips, cheese, crackers, dips, and other salty appetizers to hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken doused with barbecue sauce, or heavily seasoned steaks, all of that salt can definitely compound dry mouth issues. Are you washing down all of that sodium-heavy food with refreshing alcoholic beverages such as margaritas, pina coladas, and beer? This can unfortunately dehydrate your body even more. When feeling parched, stick to H2O if you want to avoid a mouth as dry as the desert in the middle of summer.
Stay Hydrated and Visit Your Dentist
If you have chronic issues with dry mouth or bad breath even when you drink plenty of water and take good care of your teeth and gums, discuss this with your dentist at your next checkup and cleaning. Call your Farmington Hills dentist at (248) 474-6434 to schedule an appointment with 48335 dentist office today. We serve patients from Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Farmington Hills, and the surrounding Detroit neighborhoods.