Posted on Jul 24, 2017
You may never have given a second thought to how your exercise routine affects your dental health. These two things are seemingly unrelated! Here at Lockett Orthodontics, we want to make it clear that we recommend physical fitness for our patients, and we know the advantages fitness has for your overall health. However, it’s been found that exercise may pose a negative affect on your dental health.
A study conducted at Germany’s University Hospital Heidelberg’s dental school concluded that athletes have an increased risk of suffering from dental problems. During the study, researchers looked at two groups of people: 35 athletes and 35 people leading a more sedentary lifestyle. Each group filled out questionnaires and had dental exams. Two interesting findings are below:
Saliva’s primary function is to help your mouth stay free of germs. Saliva aids in washing away harmful bacteria that would otherwise decay the enamel of your teeth. When saliva flow is decreased, this gives the bacteria more time to sit on the teeth and cause damage.
We absolutely aren’t saying that you need to discontinue your exercise routine! But there are ways you can make sure you’re caring for your teeth during your workouts. Below are just a few tips:
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