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How Exercise Impacts the Health of Your Mouth

Posted on 6/15/2019 by Matt Aldridge DDS
How Exercise Impacts the Health of Your MouthWhen you think about how exercise impacts your body, you probably consider your muscles, joints, and bones. Your teeth may not get a second thought, but it is important that you consider them before you start your favorite activity. Your exercise regimen could impact the health of your mouth.

Sports Drinks

Many athletes sip on sports or energy drinks after a tough workout. While the electrolytes in these drinks can help the body to refuel, they can be detrimental to your oral health. Sports drinks are highly acidic and full of sugar, and most athletes drink them over a prolonged period of time throughout their workout. This provides the teeth with an extended acid attack in which the enamel is eroded.

Mouth Protection

When playing contact sports, it is important to wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. A blow to the mouth could lead to extensive damage and costly repairs. Allow us to protect your teeth by recommending a customized sports guard. Both you and your children should be sure to wear this protective equipment when exercising and playing contact sports.

Dry Mouth

It is important to stay hydrated while working out, as your mouth needs to stay well lubricated. Intense exercise may leave you breathing out of your mouth, which creates an oral environment that bacteria love. When you dehydrate, your mouth will dry out, leaving it susceptible to plaque and decay. Sipping on water will promote saliva production and will wash away decay-causing bacteria.

The Good News
When it comes to oral health and exercise, it isn't all bad news. Some studies have found that regular exercise can lower the risk of developing advanced gum disease. Other researchers have found that a healthy BMI is beneficial to the oral health.

While exercise is certainly important for your overall health and wellness, make sure it isn't at the expense of your teeth. Be sure to keep up with your regular dental checkups and cleanings, and call us today to get on the schedule.
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