We often talk about how drinking water improves your dental health – it rinses debris and particles away, increases saliva production, and, if you drink tap water, remineralizes your enamel with fluoride. However, we know it can be hard to get a proper amount of water throughout the day, so to help you, our family dentist in Fuquay Varina is sharing 6 easy ways to get more water throughout your day.
Tips for People Who Forget to Drink Water
If you frequently forget to drink water, these simple steps will help you build hydration into your daily routine.
Grab a Glass of Water After Using the Restroom
After you stop at the restroom, stop by your kitchen or office water cooler and drink a glass of water. You’ll already be up and moving, so you won’t be interrupting your day. Plus, if you get water every time you use the restroom, you’ll increase the amount of water, leading to more visits to the restroom, leading to more water…you get the idea. You don’t need to chug a full bottle of water every time, though – just four to eight ounces should be plenty!
Use a Tracking App
Technology can make it easy to remember to add water to your routine! With free apps like Waterful, Water Drink Reminder, or Plant Nanny (keep your plant avatar healthy by drinking water!), you can have a convenient reminder on hand to drink water through the day. Plus, it doesn’t take long before you won’t even need the app, but they can be fun to have.
Consider a Smart Water Bottle
If you tend to ignore app reminders of logging your intake, consider a smart water bottle! The Hidrate Spark 3 glows to remind you to keep sipping, the ICEWATER 3-in-1 not only glows, it has a built in speaker so you can listen to music while you take it on a walk. The Trago 20 ounce Smart Water Bottle has a smart cap and bottle that relies on sonar technology to track how much water you have been drinking as well as updating it in real time to a smart phone app.
Drinking Water Tips for People Who Don’t Like Water
There are a lot of people who prefer something with flavor, like sodas or juice. We understand completely, but fortunately, there are plenty of options for flavoring your water that are dental health-friendly.
Flavored seltzers, like La Croix and Bubly, are everywhere, and as long as there are no added sugars, they’re a much better option for your teeth than sodas, juice, or other sweetened beverages. Try to switch seltzers with still water from time to time though because they are slightly higher in acidity than still water, which can damage enamel over time.
Get a Water Filter
Water filters can improve the taste of your water and are an economical, eco-friendly way to drink more water. Whether you choose a filtering pitcher or a filter that attaches to the faucet, you’ll still get the enamel-boosting fluoride while enjoying fresher-tasting water.
Add Your Own Flavor
Make your own favorite flavors by infusing your water with fresh fruit, cucumber, and herbs. Cucumber mint, basil lemon, grapefruit and strawberry, lemon blueberry – all are fresh, delicious, and easy to add. Gently squeeze citrus fruits, cube melons, and crush berries and herbs before adding them to your pitcher, and let them steep in the fridge overnight for best results.
Schedule a Checkup Today with Our Family Dentist in Fuquay Varina
Drinking water is just one step of keeping a healthy mouth, and another is getting a professional cleaning and checkup. Make an appointment with our family dentist today by using the form below or calling (919) 552-2431 to request your appointment.