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Dastardly Dryness: 3 Potential Signs of Dehydration

May 8, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — laithfamily @ 5:03 pm
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May is here, heralding the end of the school year and bringing longer, warmer summer days. Many people are thrilled to take time off work to have fun in the sun. However, as temperatures continue to climb, it’s important for both your oral health and your general well-being to remember to drink plenty of water. If your body doesn’t have enough of it, you could get sick or develop dry mouth that leaves you more vulnerable to issues like cavities and gum disease.

Recognizing the early signs of this dangerous condition can tell you when you need to take a break from activities to rest and rehydrate. If you’re not sure whether you’re drinking enough water on a regular basis, continue reading to learn about 3 symptoms that can let you know!

Sign #1: Bad Breath

Bad breath can happen for several different reasons, including potential dehydration. While it’s not always indicative that your body is thirsty, it can sometimes be the root cause. This is risky because saliva is your mouth’s natural defense against bacteria that cause oral issues. When your systems don’t have enough moisture, you won’t produce enough spit to keep them at bay. They tend to thrive in dry conditions and cause the unpleasant scent you notice when you exhale.

Sign #2: Muscle Cramps

If you’re outside hiking or playing volleyball at the beach and suddenly have a Charley horse in your leg, it could be a sign that your system doesn’t have what it needs. Water is essential to having a healthy blood flow to deliver nutrients and oxygen to your muscles, and they can become fatigued without it. Plus, the balance of electrolytes like sodium and potassium can be disrupted when you’re dehydrated, which can lead muscles to become more rigid. This can result in painful cramps that let you know it’s time to sit down and take a gulp from your water bottle.

Sign #3: Dark Urine

One clear indicator that you’re not drinking enough aqua is that your urine has become a darker shade. This is often how your doctor knows whether your body is too dry or within a healthy parameter. If your urine is clear or pale yellow, you’re sufficiently hydrated. If it’s darker yellow or orange, it’s time to replenish with a tall glass of H2O. Keep in mind that there are also some prescription medications and certain foods that can tint it to an unfamiliar shade, too. If yours doesn’t look clear, but you’re unsure why, it’s best to call your doctor.

Remembering to drink plenty of water this summer is a great way to keep your smile and body happy and healthy!

About the Author

Dr. Racha W. Kadamani has more than 18 years of experience offering a full range of services to meet all your dental needs under one roof. She attended the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and is now a member of several prestigious organizations, including the American Dental Association. Regardless of your age or dental condition, she can work with you to provide individualized treatments to enhance your dental health. If you’re worried that you may have tooth decay or gum disease, you can request an appointment on the website or call (210) 782-6842.

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