Can Exercise Damage Your Teeth? | Mai Zamakhchari DDS

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The Impact of Exercise on Oral Health: Insights from Stonewall Dental Associates

Exercise is crucial for maintaining overall health, but did you know it could potentially affect your dental health? Research has shown that certain exercise and fitness habits might contribute to an increase in dental decay and tooth erosion.

Here’s how your workout routine can impact your oral health and what you can do to protect your smile:

Decreased Saliva Flow

During intense exercise, heavy breathing through the mouth can significantly reduce saliva flow, leading to dry mouth. Saliva is vital as it contains minerals that help fight bacteria, protect tooth enamel, and prevent decay. To counteract dry mouth during exercise:

  • Try to breathe through your nose.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water before, during, and after your workout.
  • Brush your teeth before exercising to minimize the presence of bacteria and plaque.

Jaw Clenching

It’s common for athletes to clench their jaws when lifting weights or exerting themselves. This can cause significant wear and even lead to cracked teeth.

To protect your teeth:

  • Consider using a mouthguard. Over-the-counter options are available at most drugstores and sporting goods stores, or you can get a custom-fitted mouthguard from our dentist.

Consuming Sports Drinks

Sports drinks, often high in sugar and citric acid, can be up to 30 times more erosive to teeth than water. These ingredients can soften tooth enamel, making it susceptible to damage even from brushing.

To minimize the risk of tooth decay:

  • Avoid sports drinks and opt for water instead.
  • If you do consume sports drinks, avoid sipping small amounts over long periods.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after drinking.
  • Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after consuming sports drinks.

Maintaining good oral health is essential for everyone, especially those who are physically active. For personalized advice and a custom-fitted mouthguard, contact Stonewall Dental Associates. Dr. Mai Zamakhchari, DDS, and our dedicated team are here to help you keep your smile healthy and strong.

Schedule your next preventative dental appointment with us today.

Stonewall Dental Associates
Phone: 703-368-1000
8719 Stonewall Rd
Manassas, VA 20110