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Regular exercise is a cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle, but could it be putting your teeth at risk? Recent studies suggest that certain exercise and fitness habits may contribute to dental decay and tooth erosion. Here's how exercise can affect your oral health and what you can do to maintain a radiant smile:

  1. Decreased Saliva Flow: Intense workouts often involve heavy mouth breathing, leading to reduced saliva production and dry mouth. Saliva plays a crucial role in protecting teeth by neutralizing acids, remineralizing enamel, and fighting bacteria. To combat dry mouth and prevent decay, try breathing through your nose during exercise and stay hydrated with water before, during, and after your workout. Additionally, consider brushing your teeth before exercising to reduce bacterial buildup.
  2. Jaw Clenching: Many athletes clench their jaws, especially when lifting weights, which can result in tooth wear and even fractures. To safeguard your teeth, consider using a mouthguard. These protective devices can be found at most drugstores or sporting goods stores, or our dentist in Exeter can create a custom-fitted mouthguard for optimal comfort and protection.
  3. Consumption of Sports Drinks: While sports drinks may seem like a convenient way to replenish electrolytes, they can be highly erosive to teeth due to their high sugar and citric acid content. Studies have shown that sugary sports drinks can be up to 30 times more damaging to enamel than water. To minimize the risk of tooth decay, opt for water as your primary hydrating beverage. If you do indulge in sports drinks, drink them quickly rather than sipping slowly, rinse your mouth with water afterward, and avoid brushing immediately after consumption.

At DiBona Dental Group in Exeter, we prioritize preventive dental care to help you maintain a healthy smile for life. If you're concerned about the impact of exercise on your dental health or if it's time for your next preventive dental appointment, contact our office today. Our experienced team is here to support you in achieving and maintaining optimal oral health. Schedule your appointment now and take proactive steps toward a brighter, healthier smile.

DiBona Dental Group
Phone: (603) 772-4352
1 Wayside Dr
Exeter, NH 03833

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