Does Exercise Affect Oral Health?

Exercise is known to help body function, but how does it affect your teeth? How you manage your fitness routine can affect how you care for your teeth. While exercise is great for your health, you also need to keep up with your oral health routine! At Mettler and Griego Family Dentistry we know just how important good oral hygiene is to your overall health, so we offer treatment with an emphasis on prevention.

Does Exercise Help Oral Health?

Your body’s cardiovascular and respiratory systems have an interconnected relationship with your teeth. You already know that your oral health affects your overall health, but really it works both ways. Studies show a positive correlation between working out and dental health. 

Although inhaling bacteria through open-mouthed breathing can contribute to periodontal disease, the physical aspects of exercising help combat it at the same time. 

Open mouthed breathing in exercise can cause dry mouth. Saliva helps prevent tooth decay so without it, you are more at risk for periodontal disease as well as exercise induced enamel erosion. Enamel erosion can also occur from low saliva flow, soft drinks, and friction. 

However, exercise can help reduce inflammation as well as release endorphins throughout the body. Through consistent exercise, healthy dental habits, and nose breathing, you can help prevent gum disease, cavities, and tooth enamel erosion. 

Fitness Habits and Dental Health

If you spend a lot of time training and working out away from home, you could forget the importance of dental health. Brushing and flossing consistently in between workouts or games can make all the difference. Carry a travel-sized toothbrush and mouthwash in your gym bag so you don’t forget.

People who consume a lot of sports drinks and energy bars could also have a higher risk for dental problems. Sports drinks are often full of sugar and when used as a replacement for water, they can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Dental Treatment for Athletes

Besides making brushing and flossing a regular daily routine, scheduling frequent dentist appointments will also protect your oral health. Professional cleaning and laser therapy can help prevent periodontal disease. Mettler and Griego Family Dentistry in Glendale specializes in preventative care for issues such as exercise-induced enamel erosion. Contact us to make an appointment today.

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