Does Fitness Impact Your Teeth?

Posted on August 13th, 2018 by bevanheaton

Does fitness impact your teeth?  That is probably a question you have never had in your life.  Well, I have an answer for you: yes.  Exercise can impact your teeth for good and bad, and there are ways to make it mostly a positive experience.  I am not discouraging regular exercise, because studies have shown the benefits far outweigh any problems it may cause.  

The Bad:

  1. Sports Drinks:  Sports drinks or energy drinks are a popular way to rehydrate during or after a workout.  Acids and sugars are often packed into these drinks.  This constant bathing of the teeth in acids/sugars is a slippery slope to tooth decay.   *Instead, try using regular water or coconut water (with no additives).
  2. Mouth Breathing:  During intense exercise, people tend to breath heavily with an open mouth. Mouth breathing dries out your mouth, reduces saliva flow, and creates an environment for bacteria to thrive, thus leading to decay.  *Instead, try using the Buteyko Breathing Method.  This breathing method is named after a Russian physician who developed this method to help people breathe more efficiently. With training and practice, you can train yourself to breathe through your nose even during exercise. 

The Good:

  1. Regular Exercise: Frequent exercise is a recognized way to avoid being overweight, and it may ultimately reduce your risk of gum disease.  Researchers found that subjects who maintained a healthy weight and had high levels of physical fitness had a lower incidence of severe gum disease than those that did not exercise.
  2. Proper Diet: It’s well known that eating a balanced diet leads to proper nutrition and promotes the body running effectively.  Omega-3, calcium, vitamin D and even honey have all been shown to reduce the incidence or severity of gum disease.
  3. Correlation between BMI and Oral Health: Individuals who maintained normal weight, engaged in the recommended level of exercise, and had a high-quality diet were 40% less likely to have gum disease compared to individuals who maintained none of these health-enhancing behaviors.

In conclusion, diet and exercise are wonderful ways to keep your body in shape and healthy.  With proper hydration and breathing techniques, it can be a win for your teeth also!  Call My Family Dentist Garland for your check up and cleaning today!  (972) 696-9273.

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