Since we’re closing out the first month of the new year, your friends at Kirchner Dental wanted to check in to see how your new year’s resolutions are working out?
If you’re like many people, you’ve set some fitness goals because you want to get in shape and improve your health overall. But sometimes, a rigorous exercise routine can have negative consequences on your oral health.
We want to help you avoid that with some insight in today’s blog about how a more active lifestyle can affect your smile!
Exercise, Nutrition, & Your Teeth
Studies have shown that athletes struggle a bit more with dental health problems than non-athletes, which may have something to do with the changes in the pH level of your saliva that occur during a workout. When you’re exerting yourself, your saliva becomes more acidic, which isn’t good for your tooth enamel.
But with a few tips from your Jeffersonville dentist, your new fitness routine won’t have a negative impact on your smile!
*You Need To Stay Hydrated*
Exercising works up a sweat, which means you have to keep yourself well-hydrated beyond your usual intake of water each day. On top of that, you want to try to avoid energy and sports drinks because they’re loaded with sugar that leads to cavities.
*Keep Your Sugar Intake Low*
This is always the golden rule of tooth decay prevention, but when it comes to a workout regimen, you have to be more vigilant about hidden sugars and refined carbs in your favorite energy bars and other snacks. Fresh fruits, raw veggies, cheese, and almonds are better to keep on hand if you want to keep your cavity risk low.
*Oral Hygiene & Routine Dental Care Should Always Be Routine*
Brushing your teeth before you exercise will remove harmful acids, food debris, and bacteria from your mouth so that if your saliva pH changes throughout your workout, it will have less of an effect on your teeth and gums. Keeping up with your routine dental cleanings and exams is also important, no matter your activity level or how often you hit the gym!
Visit Us Soon!
We applaud your efforts to reach a better fitness level and to live a healthier life.
Just remember that it doesn’t have to come at the price of your strong, healthy smile!
Be sure to visit us soon so we can help you keep your teeth and gums in great shape this year.