- January 9, 2015
There is no doubt that one of the top resolutions year after year is to lose weight or get in shape. We all want to do better when it comes to taking care of our bodies, and there isn’t a better goal out there. However, exercise can put your teeth at risk if you don’t take steps to protect your smile while you are working out. Read below to get some more information about how to care for your teeth while you are getting your body in shape.
Dry Mouth Decay – A great risk for your smile is decay that comes from dry mouth. When your body isn’t hydrated, it struggles to produce enough saliva to protect your teeth from harmful bacteria. By simply drinking water before, during, and after your workout, you can hydrate your mouth and protect your teeth from decay.
Sports Drink Cavities – You might notice that we said water in the paragraph above. This is because water is the most effective beverage when you are exercising. Sugary sports drinks attract bacteria to your tooth surfaces which can lead to a higher rate of decay. Stick with a bottle of water. Add fresh fruits and herbs to boost the taste if you need to!
TMJ Stress Headaches – Do you notice a headache after you workout? You might be clenching your teeth while you exercise, which is putting stress on your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). That stress can cause a headache. Practice relaxing your jaw while at the gym or consider wearing a mouthguard to protect your smile.
We are very exciting that you are taking steps to improve your overall health this new year. We hope that you are also thinking about the health of your smile! Contact us today to set up your next exam and cleaning appointment. We can’t wait to see you very soon!