Running is a great way to stay in shape. And with so many uniquely-themed races you can participate in and fun medals you can win, it’s become a lot more fun and interactive. But did you know that running can have an effect on your dental health as well? While you’re training for your next marathon, 5k or jog around your neighborhood, consider taking these steps to keep your teeth in shape, too.
- All of those sports drinks on the market may be great to help fuel your body, especially in the summer heat, but they can also feed the bacteria and acid that eats away the protective enamel of your tooth and contribute to tooth decay. Stick to water when you can and remember to rinse with water after rehydrating with a sports drink to reduce your cavity risk.
- Water is also helpful for runner’s who are mouth breathers. Mouth breathing leaves your mouth dry of saliva that normally flushes your mouth of acid and bacteria and susceptible to bacteria taking hold. Gum with Xylitol can also prevent plaque build up on teeth so taking a chewing break can help.
Tread and Chew Lightly
- Many protein bars and chews are dense and sticky, possibly causing damage to crowns and filling. If you’ve had dental work, be cautious when chewing sports aids.
Use a Tool
- Being on the go means making do with what you have. But remember, that time you save using your teeth to open that sports packet can have you spending time our office. Plan ahead and cut tears into packets before running that make it easier to open them on the go.
Keeping your teeth in shape while staying on your running game is simple. See you at the next race!