Can Exercise Damage Your Teeth? | Dr. James Wright

Dentist Crescent Springs

Regular exercise is essential for overall health, but did you know it can also impact your oral health? Research indicates that exercise and fitness routines can contribute to dental decay and tooth erosion. Here’s how exercise may affect your teeth and what you can do to maintain optimal oral health:

Decreased Saliva Flow:
When you breathe heavily through your mouth during exercise, it can lead to reduced saliva production, causing 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 breathing through your nose during exercise and stay hydrated by drinking water before, during, and after your workout. Additionally, brushing your teeth before exercising can help minimize the presence of bacteria and plaque.

Jaw Clenching:
Many athletes clench their jaw while lifting weights or engaging in strenuous activities. This habit can exert pressure on the teeth, leading to wear and even cracked teeth. To safeguard your teeth from clenching-related damage, consider using a mouthguard. You can find mouthguards at most drugstores or sporting goods stores, or our dentist at Heritage Dental Center – Maysville, Dr. James Wright, can create a custom-fitted mouthguard tailored to your needs.

Consuming Sports Drinks:
While sports drinks are commonly used to replenish electrolytes during exercise, they can have adverse effects on dental health. Studies have shown that sugary sports drinks are highly erosive to teeth, up to 30 times more than water. The citric acid present in these drinks can soften tooth enamel, making it more susceptible to damage. To minimize the risk of tooth decay, opt for water instead of sports drinks whenever possible. If you choose to consume sports drinks, avoid sipping them slowly over an extended period, rinse your mouth with water afterward, and refrain from brushing immediately after consumption.

At Heritage Dental Center – Maysville, we prioritize preventive dental care to help you maintain a healthy smile. Contact our office today to schedule your next dental appointment and take proactive steps towards preserving your oral health, under the expert care of Dr. James Wright.

Heritage Dental Center – Maysville
19 E Third St
Maysville, KY 41056