Every New Year, thousands upon thousands of individuals endeavor to get healthier, lose weight, and become more fit.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – more often than not, people don’t make New Year’s resolutions about their oral hygiene (unless of course they work at a certain dental clinic in Anaheim).
However, it is worth mentioning that athletes should be careful when it comes to their teeth. Because while exercise and fitness generally show a positive correlation with oral hygiene, there are some downsides.
When you exercise intensely, you tend to breathe more heavily through your open. Unlike nasal breathing, this tends to dry out your mouth much quicker, which cuts down on saliva – which can give bacteria a new opportunity to thrive.
It’s also been shown that open mouth breathing and the dryness it encourages can also contribute to tooth decay and cavities due to the lack of protection from saliva.
Energy drinks and sports drinks are often one of the first thirst quenchers athletes turn to when it comes to replacing electrolytes and re-charging. While this can often be helpful for sports performance, it’s the exact opposite for your teeth. Because of the high amount of acid (and sometimes sugar) in these drinks, they’re a great way to make your teeth even more vulnerable. When combined with a lack of saliva from open mouth breathing during intense exercise – your teeth are at a significantly more vulnerable state.
Are you an athlete worried about your teeth? Our dentists in the Anaheim area can help prevent damage and reverse damage. To learn more, get in touch with our friendly team today!