Yes, we definitely understand your shock when we bring up your hydration during autumn and winter. You may think to yourself but it doesn’t even get that cold! Or, but there must be something more pressing to consider for implant protection! We understand why you might have such thoughts, which is why our Santa Rosa, CA team feels so compelled to remind you about this powerful and often overlooked source of protection for your smile and dental implants! Let’s talk cool-weather water intake, so you maintain a hydrated foundation for optimal smile health!
Cold Weather Yields Dehydration, Too
You might think that just because the weather is no longer hot, there’s nothing to worry about. However, it’s very important to remember that cold weather yields dehydration, too! Why is this important for your oral health and dental implants, you ask? Well, a healthy smile is a hydrated one, to put it simply. You need enough hydration to maintain sufficient saliva production and flow. You need it to ensure your lips remain comfortable, as well. Keep drinking that H2O for good oral health, which promotes safe implants.
Dry Mouth Leads To Bacterial Buildup
Think about what happens as the seasons change and it becomes cooler outside. You may run your central heat more frequently. You may deal with allergies or a cold, which can lead to upper respiratory congestion. You may even drink less water! All of these factors can lead to dry mouth, either because you’re not getting enough water, because your oral environment becomes quite dry as you sleep, or because you’re mouth breathing!
In each scenario, dry mouth will include an increase in the bacteria in your mouth (that are usually rinsed away when saliva is plentiful). This causes greater acidity in your mouth. The result? A higher risk of issues like decay for remaining teeth and gum inflammation (which is called peri-implantitis around dental implants). Don’t put your implants in harm’s way. Just remember to drink enough water!
Rinsing? It’s Always Beneficial!
We want you to keep in mind that if you’re not well hydrated, then you’re probably not drinking much water. If this is the case, then you’re missing out on the power that rinsing with water offers to your entire smile, your dental implants included. Drink, rinse, swish, and use H2O to your advantage throughout every day, after meals and when you’re thirsty, so you keep your smile very clean. Water rinses problem-causing food particles and bacteria away. It’s simple and very effective!
Protect Your Implants With Hydration
Visit our practice for each and every final detail that will help you maintain your smile with dental implants! Remember to ask us questions if you have them and to follow our advice for easy smile protection. Schedule the time you need in Santa Rosa, CA by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery at 707-545-4625 to schedule your visit today.