Look after your teeth while staying hydrated

As a basic guide, most people need about 1.5 to 2 litres of fluid a day, which is about eight to 10 glasses. Water in food also counts and fruit and vegetables contain lots of water. Cucumber and lettuce have the highest water content of any food, a massive 96%. The exact amount of fluid you need can vary and depends on things like your age, the amount of physical activity you do, the climate (particularly important during the summer!), if you’re pregnant and your diet.  Water is the best choice when it comes to meeting your body’s needs for fluids. It doesn’t have any calories, it safe for your teeth and is free if you drink tap water.

Alternatives are squash, milk, fruit juices or teas which will also top up your fluid levels but be careful because these contain calories, usually from sugar, they can also damage your teeth. Fruit juices and smoothies contain lots of vitamins. One glass (150ml) can make up one of your five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. But the downside is, they contain lots of sugar and can be acidic, both of which are bad for your teeth. Because of this, it’s best to limit how much fruit juice you drink and have it with a meal rather than sipping throughout the day.

Fizzy drinks and squashes can also contain more calories and sugar than you would imagine. Some fizzy drinks contain the equivalent of 12 teaspoons of sugar. If you still decide to opt for these, choose squashes with ‘no added sugar’ on the label or low-calorie versions of fizzy drinks and use a straw to protect your teeth.

Bottled water is nutritionally no different from tap water. Tap water is safe to drink in the UK and there are lots of great refillable water bottles available on the market these days. Here at the Centre we will be more than happy to top up your refillable water bottle if needed.

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