It won’t be long before summer comes with all its glorious perks. Vacations, summer soirees, long walks in the park and general fun and pleasantries. Now that life is somewhat beginning to get back to pre-pandemic normality, people are beginning to venture out and start enjoying their favorite activities again. One of those is getting in shape for summer fun. Keep in mind as you work to get your body in shape for summer, it is also important to make sure you are taking proper care of your teeth as well.
No matter what method you choose for working out, it is important to stay hydrated. This is for your teeth as well as your body. Becoming dehydrated can affect your brain, bodily functions and make your teeth more susceptible to decay. Your entire body, including your teeth, need water in order to stay healthy and functioning well.
Dehydration causes a decrease in the saliva which functions to wash away harmful bacteria. When there is not enough saliva to do the job and your mouth is dry, this bacteria proliferates and goes to work eating away at tooth enamel. Drinking water will help prevent dry mouth and wash away the destructive bacteria that can lead to tooth decay.
Studies have shown that athletes will often have poorer oral health compared to the general population even though they may have good oral hygiene habits. The cause is thought to be attributed to sports drinks, energy bars and energy gels. The sucrose in many of these products can increase the risk of tooth decay. Tooth erosion is also thought to stem from use of these products. This is why it is much better to hydrate with plain water as much as possible, rather than reach for the sweetened sports drinks.
Exercise Can Help Your Oral Health
Lack of exercise can cause increased inflammation in the body. Inflammatory cytokines in your mouth increase and cause oral problems. Exercise helps reduce inflammation and decreases these inflammatory cytokines. Why is this important? Periodontitis has been associated with sedentary lifestyles. A study published in the British Dental Journal explained the connection with exercise and better periodontal health. In fact, those who exercise regularly are 54% less likely to develop gum disease than those who don’t.
So, with summer just around the corner, be sure to take good care of your teeth and gums while you work to get your body in shape. Make this the year your summer smile looks its best. Make an appointment with Les Belles today for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.