Can Exercise Damage Your Teeth? | Dr. James Wright

Dentist Crescent Springs

Regular exercise is essential for overall health, but did you know it can also impact your dental health? Studies have revealed 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 protect your teeth:

  1. Decreased Saliva Flow:
    During intense exercise, breathing heavily through the mouth can lead to reduced saliva production, causing dry mouth. Saliva plays a crucial role in fighting bacteria, protecting tooth enamel, and preventing decay. To combat dry mouth, try to breathe through your nose during exercise and stay hydrated by drinking water before, during, and after your workout. Additionally, brushing your teeth before exercising can help reduce the buildup of bacteria and plaque.
  2. Jaw Clenching:
    Many athletes tend to clench their jaws when lifting weights or exerting physical effort. This constant pressure can wear down teeth and even cause them to crack. To safeguard your teeth from the effects of clenching, consider wearing a mouthguard. These protective devices are available at most drugstores or sporting goods stores, or our dentist, Dr. James Wright, can create a custom-fitted mouthguard tailored to your needs.
  3. Consuming Sports Drinks:
    While sports drinks may seem like a convenient way to stay hydrated during exercise, they can be highly erosive to tooth enamel due to their high sugar and citric acid content. Studies have shown that these drinks can be up to 30 times more damaging to teeth than water. To minimize the risk of tooth decay, opt for water as your primary hydration source during workouts. If you choose to consume sports drinks, drink them in moderation, avoid sipping them slowly over time, rinse your mouth with water afterward, and refrain from brushing your teeth immediately after consumption.

At Heritage Dental Center – Crescent Springs, we prioritize your dental health and well-being. If you have any concerns about how exercise may be affecting your teeth or if you’re due for a preventative dental appointment, don’t hesitate to contact our office. Our experienced team, led by Dr. James Wright, is here to provide you with the personalized care and guidance you need to maintain a healthy and vibrant smile. Schedule your next appointment with us today!

Heritage Dental Center – Crescent Springs
Phone: 859-331-8200
2325 Buttermilk Crossing
Crescent Springs, KY 41017