Snack Toward Summer Hydration

salad Now that summer is just around the corner, the temperature is going to keep rising here in Williams Lake, BC. With that being said it’s important that all of us take the time to pay a little closer attention to our hydration in the face of this heat.

Why?

Because a large portion of trips to the emergency room during the summer months can be attributed to dehydration. We hear about it each year – frequent and persistent headaches, lethargy throughout the day despite getting enough sleep, and even a few fainting spells. Most of the time the culprit for all of this can be traced back to dehydration.

But, what does all of this have to do with dentistry or Dr. Rudy Wassenaar?

More than you might think, actually.

Proper hydration affects the amount of saliva your mouth is able to produce. When you are dehydrated your mouth can’t produce the amount of saliva necessary to naturally fend off decay-causing bacteria. With that in mind, it might be easier to see how being dehydrated too often can not only affect your bodily health but your oral health as well.

So, how do we prevent all of this?

Most people turn to increasing the amount of clear fluids they drink on a daily basis.

However, did you know that drinking copious amounts of water and other clear fluids are not the only ways to fend off dehydration during hot weather?

You can snack your way to better hydration. Here’s how.

Snacks That Will Aid Your Daily Hydration

There are plenty of foods that are surprisingly hydrating. Soup, oatmeal, and yogurt are all great examples of items both edible and hydrating. However, not everyone wants to eat a steaming bowl of soup or oatmeal on a hot day and many people aren’t friendly with dairy.

Luckily, there is actually a plethora of foods that are naturally hydrating and require no preparation of heat to be so. We’re talking about fresh fruits and veggies here.

Many times, the majority of a fruit or vegetable’s composition is made up of water. This is a great thing if you are looking to increase your hydration via ingesting food.

So, which ones are the most hydrating? We have a short list right here for you;

  • Cucumbers – 96 percent water with the added bonus of being a great course for vitamin K, B6, and iron.
  • Strawberries – A whopping 92 percent water plus fiber and vitamin C.
  • Celery – Not just for people on diets. Celery is made up of an impressive 96 percent water. It also contains a healthy amount of essential minerals, potassium, and vitamin K.
  • Watermelon – 92 percent water. What makes watermelon especially hydrating is the fact that it contains naturally occurring electrolytes in the form of salt.

We hope the above facts have inspired you to get out and get yourself some edible hydration this summer.

Until next time readers, keep smiling.

 

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Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is excited to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon! Dr. Wassenaar, Dr. Dahia and the whole Williams Lake Smiles team appreciate your continued support and understanding as we continue to move through this difficult time

We are gradually reopening in the safest way to ensure that we take all precautions to keep both our patients and our staff healthy.

At this time, we are focusing on addressing emergency needs for our patients. Full dental services, including hygiene care, will be introduced gradually with priority booking to the patients that were delayed treatment during our time of closure. We will be contacting our patients to reschedule these procedures in the coming weeks.

Our office has always utilized personal protective equipment (PPE) that has exceeded all the recommended guidelines. We consciously designed our office with well-spaced, separate treatment rooms that allow minimization of aerosol transfer throughout the office. We have also added a brand new HEPA air management system to allow continuous air filtration in all treatment rooms and common areas to remove germs from circulating air. This puts us in a good position moving forward. However, in consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have instituted additional guidelines and protocols to ensure your safety and that of our team.

Upon returning to Williams Lake Smiles you will notice our new enhanced precautions:

-When you are scheduling an appointment, our staff will ask you a set of health-related questions.

-You will be contacted 48-72 hours prior to your appointment via email and asked a set of pre-appointment instructions and health-related questions. It is required that you complete this questionnaire prior to your appointment. We will have to reschedule your appointment if we are unable to complete this step. Please also give our administrative staff all the necessary personal contact information to expedite our communications with you and your family.

-We have implemented new protocol for scheduling your appointments and managing your insurance and financial transactions virtually to allow for a contactless exit from your appointment.

-There will be new arrival procedures to guide you from your car directly to treatment rooms to eliminate contacting surfaces and other patients.

-You will be asked the above screening questions again on your arrival to your appointment.

-Your temperature will be taken on arrival. Again, we will have to reschedule your appointment if your temperature is elevated.

-You will be asked to put on the provided shoe covers and disinfect your hands upon arrival.

-All non-essential companions will be asked to remain outside of the clinic during the appointment. This includes friends, spouses, drivers, parents, and other children.

-We will maintain social distancing in the reception area for essential caregivers and parents of minors if they absolutely cannot wait in a vehicle or outside the clinic.

-We have removed magazines and other items that can harbor or transfer germs of any kind

-Glass barriers have been added in our reception area

-We have enhanced clinic disinfection procedures before and after all appointments.

-You will see new personal protection equipment like visors, gowns, and different masks for our doctors and team to provide barriers against the smallest of germs.

-We have protocols to reduce or eliminate airborne aerosols during all dental procedures.

-We have enhanced continuous disinfection procedures of equipment and office fixtures like computers, keyboards, telephones, tablets, chairs, doorknobs, and buttons that may be touched unconsciously.

-We will be disinfecting all outside mail and packages that enter the building.

-We will have longer appointment times for you to prepare and complete all appointment tasks and duties in the safest and most comprehensive manner.

-Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean fewer options will be available for scheduling your appointment.

We ask that, as we have so many patients to see, you treat your reserved dental appointment with the highest level of respect. Answer the screening questions honestly. Please arrive on time for your appointment. We may not be able to see you if you are late. If you miss your appointment it may be quite some time before we can get you back in.

We are committed to maintaining our high standard of dental health and safety under these new circumstances and appreciate your confidence in us.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

We are all excited to get back to work. Thank you for being our patients. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbours, and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar

Dr. Sophia Dahia

And the entire Williams Lake Smiles Team


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