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 exercise and fitness routines may contribute to an increase in dental decay and tooth erosion. Here are some ways exercise can affect your oral health and how you can mitigate these effects:

  1. Decreased Saliva Flow:
    During intense exercise, heavy breathing through the mouth can lead to a reduction in saliva production, causing dry mouth. Saliva plays a crucial role in fighting bacteria, protecting tooth enamel, and preventing decay. To combat dry mouth and reduce the risk of decay, try breathing through your nose during exercise and ensure you stay hydrated by drinking water before, during, and after your workout. Additionally, consider brushing your teeth before exercising to minimize the presence of bacteria and plaque.
  2. Jaw Clenching:
    Many athletes tend to clench their jaws when exerting effort, such as lifting weights. This repetitive pressure can result in tooth wear and even cracked teeth. To safeguard your teeth from the effects of clenching, consider using a mouthguard. Mouthguards are available at most drugstores or sporting goods stores, or you can opt for a custom-fitted mouthguard from our expert dentist, Dr. James Wright.
  3. Consuming Sports Drinks:
    While sports drinks may seem refreshing during workouts, they can be highly erosive to the teeth due to their high sugar and citric acid content. Studies have shown that sugary sports drinks are up to 30 times more damaging to tooth enamel than water. Frequent consumption of these beverages increases the risk of tooth decay and enamel erosion. To minimize these negative effects, opt for water as your primary hydrating beverage. If you choose to indulge in sports drinks occasionally, drink them quickly rather than sipping slowly, rinse your mouth with water afterward, and avoid brushing immediately after consumption to prevent further enamel damage.

At Heritage Dental Center – Buttermilk, Dr. James Wright and our experienced team are committed to helping you maintain optimal oral health. Contact our office today to schedule your next preventative dental appointment and learn more about protecting your teeth during exercise.

Heritage Dental Center – Buttermilk
Phone: 859-360-6776
2446 Anderson Rd, Suite 100
Crescent Springs, KY 41017