Is Exercise Hurting Your Teeth?

The Woodlands and Houston, TX

A surprising new study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports suggests that heavy athletic training can increase the risk of enamel erosion, tooth decay, and other oral health issues. Saliva samples taken from endurance athletes during the study were more alkaline than those taken from the control group. As athletic output increased, so too did the alkalinity of saliva, resulting in poorer dental health among those who were more active. Alkalinity in saliva was identical between the two groups during times of rest.

It would be absolute irresponsible to recommend not exercising as a method of achieving optimal oral health. However, endurance athletes should take extra care to maintain dental hygiene and guard against increased vulnerability related to alkaline saliva. This can include more frequent brushing and flossing, avoiding sugary and carbonated beverages, and maintaining biannual visits with Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young. These steps can help protect your teeth regardless of your activity levels and allow for swift intervention should oral health issues become present.

To schedule a cleaning and examination with Dr. Young, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today. Dr. Young serves Houston, Kingwood, Spring, Conroe, and surrounding areas of Texas from our conveniently located office in The Woodlands.

By |September 29th, 2014|Oral Health|