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Working Out & Your Teeth

Did you know one of the most important things to think about when consistently working out is your teeth?

From standard things like consuming sugary sports drinks and developing dry mouth to more serious issues like falling down and injury, your workout can take a toll on your oral health.

Here are five tips for keeping your teeth healthy when working out:

  • Stay hydrated: Dry mouth is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to working out and your teeth. When saliva doesn’t flow freely in your mouth, it allows bacteria to develop and grow, thus increasing the likelihood of tooth and/or gum decay. It also means any food particles in your mouth will stay there and create damaging acid.
  • Limit sugary foods and drinks: Water is by far the best option when it comes to staying hydrated during a workout. Try to avoid sports drinks like Gatorade that have extremely high sugar content, as well as protein bars rich in sugar and carbs. If you must have a sports drink or protein bar, try to get one low in sugar and be sure to rinse with water afterwards.
  • Wear protective gear: If there’s a possibility you might fall down or get hit in the mouth during your workout, be sure to wear proper protective gear. Mouthguards in particular are great for impact sports. Prevention is always the best way to protect yourself from costly dental or medical bills.
  • Chew sugar-free gum: Some people like to chew gum when they work out, others don’t. If it doesn’t hinder your performance, chewing sugar-free gum is another great way to stimulate saliva flow and prevent dry mouth.
  • Visit your dentist regularly: Athletes and people who work out frequently may need to see the dentist more than the recommended amount of two times per year. Be sure to schedule cleanings and consultations regularly and if there is any pain, see your dentist immediately.

If you’d like to know more about proper tooth care when working out, schedule a consultation with us today.