Regular exercise is essential for overall health, but did you know that it can also affect your teeth? Recent studies have highlighted the potential risks of dental decay and tooth erosion associated with exercise and fitness routines. Here’s how exercise can impact your oral health, and what you can do to protect your teeth:

  1. Decreased Saliva Flow:
    Intense exercise often involves heavy mouth breathing, leading to reduced saliva production and dry mouth. Saliva plays a crucial role in fighting bacteria, protecting tooth enamel, and preventing decay. To combat dry mouth and reduce the risk of decay, try to breathe through your nose during exercise and stay hydrated by drinking water before, during, and after your workout. Additionally, consider brushing your teeth before exercising to minimize bacterial buildup and plaque formation.
  2. Jaw Clenching:
    Athletes frequently clench their jaws while exerting force, such as during weightlifting. This pressure can result in tooth wear and even fractures. Protect your teeth from clenching effects by using a mouthguard. You can find over-the-counter mouthguards at most drugstores or sporting goods stores, or our dentist at Terrific Teeth can provide you with a custom-fitted mouthguard for optimal protection.
  3. Consumption of Sports Drinks:
    While sports drinks may seem like a convenient way to stay hydrated during exercise, they can be detrimental to your dental health. Research indicates that sugary sports drinks are significantly more erosive to teeth than water due to the citric acid they contain. To minimize tooth damage, opt for water as your primary hydration source. If you do consume sports drinks, avoid sipping them slowly over an extended period, rinse your mouth with water afterward, and refrain from brushing immediately after consumption.

Prioritize Your Dental Health with Terrific Teeth

Your dental health is crucial to your overall well-being, and at Terrific Teeth, we’re committed to helping you maintain a healthy smile for life. Contact our office today to schedule your next preventative dental appointment and learn more about how exercise can impact your oral health. Together, we can ensure your smile stays bright and healthy, no matter your fitness routine!

Terrific Teeth
Phone: 832-930-7751
14555 W. Lake Houston Pkwy, Suite C
Houston, TX 77044