“Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning,” according to Harvard psychiatrist John Ratey. What he is not saying, however, is that running and endurance sports can also wreak havoc on your teeth. Local dentists reveal that some surprising things, including running, may to be blame for your dental problems. What’s so bad about running, and what other weird things will result in cavities, tooth decay, and premature tooth loss?
Running Wrecks Your Teeth
“While training, triathletes and runners consume a lot of carbs — specifically sports drinks, bars, and gels — which can lower the mouth’s pH level and lead to tooth erosion and cavities. Also, they breathe heavily through their mouths during training, and that can dry out teeth-protecting saliva,” Glamour magazine writes. Being extra vigilant about brushing and flossing and chewing gum (to produce more saliva) can help runners and endurance sports athletes, if they catch the problem early on.
Are you setting yourself up for cosmetic dental procedures, such as cosmetic dental surgery? Before looking into cosmetic dental plans, make sure you are eating right and properly taking care of your teeth. Know that there are foods that may be even worse for you than sweets. Highly acidic and/or vinegary foods, like pickles, wear away tooth enamel, making cavities and tooth decay even more likely.
When Brushing Your Teeth Is A Problem
Dentists caution: you should brush your teeth 45 minutes to an hour after meals exactly. Why? Waiting will give acids time to neutralize and prevent enamel erosion when you brush your teeth. If you already have tooth decay or tooth loss, know a couple of things. One, you are not alone. In fact, 15 million Americans have bridges or crowns to replace missing teeth. Three million, on the other hand, have relatively new dental implants. If necessary, implants may be the best option — with a 98% success rate, according to researchers.
Don’t look into cosmetic dental plans if you don’t need to. Brushing at the right times, being aware of all effects of running, and knowing what foods to avoid can help you keep your teeth healthy.