A Note from Dr. V’s Desk

Summertime, Thirsty Time

During the summer, we not only need to think about watering our lawn and garden, but about our need for water.
Water is in every cell of our body. It helps regulate body temperature, cushions and lubricates joints, protects sensitive tissue and assists the digestive system.

It is essential to replace lost body fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated.
Symptoms of dehydration are:

• Dry mouth
• Weakness
• Dizziness
• Muscle cramps (specially in athletes)

When quenching your thirst, take care in choosing what you drink. While beverages such as soda and sports drinks do contain water, they are also high in sugar and calories.
Along with water, other healthy choices foe keeping well-hydrated include:

• Fat free or low –fat milk
• Unsweetened iced tea
• Fruits and vegetables with high water content, such as watermelon, grapefruits, apples, lettuce, broccoli and carrots
• A moderate amount of unsweetened, 100 percent fruit juices.

Vitamin C helps heal wound and cuts and helps keep teeth and gums healthy. Get these vitamins from food like kiwifruit, cantaloupes, oranges, strawberries and apricots.

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Oral Hygiene Tip:
“Only brush and floss the teeth that you want to keep”

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