Make Sure Your Resolutions Don’t Undermine Oral Health

Happy New Year! Since this is the first week of 2018, we bet you’re still hard at work trying to achieve your resolutions. And although most people abandon resolutions by February, we’re sure that you’re going to make yours last all year.

We just want to make sure that keeping your resolutions doesn’t turn out to be a problem for your oral health. Here are a few common oral health problems that can occur as a result of otherwise healthy resolutions.

Make Sure Your Resolutions Don’t Undermine Oral Health

Dieting Dangers

Decided you’re going to lose weight and be healthier thanks to changing your diet in 2018? Good for you! But it’s important to know that many diets out there can actually be damaging to your teeth.

The most disastrous diet for your teeth is the lemonade cleanse. On this diet, you drink many glasses of caustic lemonade, which can rapidly erode your tooth enamel. An intensive weekend cleanse can be bad enough, but if you keep it up over weeks or months or try it periodically to achieve benefits, you’re going to seriously damage your teeth, and you’ll likely need to restore or even remove several of them.

It’s also important to carefully evaluate other diet foods, too. Many so-called health recipes aren’t really healthy for your teeth. Some of them contain surprising amounts of sugar (yeah, I know, WTH?), and many more of them are extremely acidic and/or staining. Occasional acidic treats are okay, but you want to make sure you’re not eating them all the time.

Exercise Leads to Erosion

Exercise is good for your overall health. And if it, in combination with dieting, leads to weight loss, it’s probably good for your oral health, too. But there are also some serious potential dangers that can come along with your new exercise routine.

One of the biggest dangers is the foods and drinks that people consume while exercising to keep them going. Many high-performance snacks for runners and other athletes are full of sugar. That may give you the boost you need, but it also boosts your oral bacteria, too. These bacteria then excrete acid that damages your teeth.

The danger is even worse if you’re eating these foods when you’re dehydrated. Dehydration reduces the saliva in your mouth, which is supposed to keep bacteria under control. And what saliva is present can turn acidic, damaging your teeth even more.

And don’t think that guzzling a sports drink is the answer–they’re often acidic and loaded with sugar, too. It’s like throwing gasoline on a fire!

Straining Your Muscles, Stressing Your Teeth

Some exercise routines pose another danger to your teeth. When you’re straining hard to lift more, push harder, or otherwise exert yourself to your limits, it can push your teeth to their limits, too.

Your jaw is an important structure for stabilizing your core. It’s natural that you close your jaw when you’re mustering your strength. But that can easily transition into unhealthy clenching of your teeth that can damage them, as well as your jaw joints. If you notice your teeth or jaw feels sore after a workout, it’s time to consult a neuromuscular dentist who can analyze your bite to determine whether it is properly balanced or is stressing your teeth unnecessarily.

Make Your Resolutions Better

If you’re resolved to lose weight, eat better, or exercise more, we can help make sure those resolutions improve your overall health, not sacrifice your oral health for the sake of other health goals. Not only that, but improving your oral health could help you lose weight and exercise better.

To learn how, please call (281) 367-5559 today for an appointment with The Woodlands dentist Dr. Scott Young, Purveyor of Fine Dentistry to the entire Houston area.

By |January 4th, 2018|Oral Health|