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How Exercise Impacts Your Oral Health

Posted on 3/15/2019 by Alyce
How Exercise Impacts Your Oral HealthIt is well known that exercise is important for your health. It improves four cardiovascular systems, strengthens your muscles and bones and keeps your weight regulated. This reduces the potential that you could contract, for example, diabetes or other weight-related conditions.

Though exercise is good to keep the blood pumping and flowing, which helps your oral health, exercise plans should also take other factors into consideration that affect your oral health. Many of these factors become habits of those who practice an exercise regimen. You consider the snacks you eat before exercising, and you also ensure that you are sufficiently hydrated. These aspects of exercise must be examined with your oral health in mind.

What Effect Does Hydration Have on My Teeth?

When you exercise, whether you are a runner, walker, cyclist or use weight machines in a gym, you always ensure that you drink plenty of fluids. You should, it is important to stay adequately hydrated. But seldom you athletes consider what they are drinking relation to their oral health, they are primarily concerned with replacing the fluid and electrolytes lost during the exercise process. It is important and does prevent other problems from occurring.

But seldom do athletes consider their oral health. What you drink makes a difference. Most sports drinks, though they replace your electrolytes, contain high amounts of sugar. The sugar is not there to assist you in the replacement task, but is simply there to make the drink taste better. The sugars in these drinks, sit on your teeth, break down into acids, and help the bacteria on your teeth

Another problem that athletes have when exercising is breathing. If you engage in mouth breathing, rather than breathing through your nose, you are drying your mouth out and reducing the flow of saliva. This causes your mouth to get dry and prevents the saliva from rinsing your teeth. For more information, give our office a call!
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