If You’re A Runner Are You At Risk For Worse Oral Health?

If you are a runner you might be prone to worse oral health. Visit Dental Partners of Boston to check your oral health today
Many who run know that there are many physical and mental benefits from running.  It helps improve our metabolism, state of mind, and gives us more energy than we might have otherwise.  But did you also know that if you are a runner you also have the risk of having worse oral health? The discussion of running has magazines, books, training, and more encouraging us to run and stay active, but the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports a few years ago conducted a study looking at negative effects of running.

Runners do have their fair share of sport related injuries, but many do not consider any effects that could cause problems with your oral health.  The German scientists who were conducting the study found that tri-athletes are more prone to teeth erosion and cavities compared to non-athletes. This study also showed that additionally athletes who trained more often and harder than other athletes were at an even higher risk of poor oral health.  What would be causing this to happen?

What Causes Poor Oral Health In Athletes?

What the study showed was that this deterioration actually came about from the larger amounts of carbohydrates athletes take in to keep feeding their body while they are active.  It takes a larger amount of calories to maintain an athletes level of energy than that of an average person.  A lot of these carbohydrates come from sports drinks, gels, bars and other foods that can decreate the PH level inside of your mouth to below 5.5.  A lower PH level can result in eroded teeth and a higher chance of cavities.  Additionally there is the fact that the majority of athletes breath more through their mouths which leads to dry mouth. Dry mouth happens when you have less saliva, which can actually protect your teeth from cavities and damage.

What Can Prevent Bad Oral Health For Athletes?

Based on the findings of this study large physical activity can have a detrimental effect on our oral health.  Does that mean we shouldn’t exercise? Of course not!  Our bodies need to be in motion to remain healthy, and there are many other benefits from physical activity as well.  But if you are involved in higher endurance training it probably is best to schedule an appointment with one of our dentist to ensure that you don’t have any cavities or damage to your teeth that could cause additional problems down the road.

If you have had damage such as a chipped tooth, or a damaged tooth that needs to be replaced the dentists at Dental Partners of Boston can help you bring back your healthy smile. Also you can come in and we can build a custom sport mouth guard as well to protect your teeth. Schedule an appointment with us today to let us help you protect your beautiful smile!


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