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Ways in Which Runners Damage Their Teeth

teeth health smile dentistYour dentist might know you are a runner from the moment you open your mouth. Running can be a tough sport for your oral health. A study of tri-athletes indicates that with intense endurance training there is a higher rate of cavities and enamel erosion.

High sugar consumption as a source of energy

Sports drinks, gels and chews used to fuel during the workout will also fuel bacteria found in the mouth. The bacteria will use the sugars to produce acid that corrodes tooth enamel.

The decay will show up as white chalky lines at the gum-line especially from constantly swilling sports drinks. Some runners have multiple dental cavities from placing energy bars in their cheeks.

Immediately swishing water in your mouth will help protect the teeth from sugars. Alternatively, gels with a thinner consistency won’t stick to teeth and are a preferred energy source during a workout.

Breathing through the mouth

The majority of runners are mouth breathers which makes the mouth dry out. The decreased saliva levels promote the formation of cavities. Saliva washes away food debris and keeps the tooth surfaces moist. Running and other physical activity makes saliva turn thick and sticky and therefore trapping sugars and acids that damage teeth.

Drinking lots of water or simply rinsing out the mouth helps to hydrate the body and restore the balance and normal composition of saliva.

Using teeth to open packets

Most runners will use their teeth to open energy bars and sports drinks. In so doing, they are making their teeth chip or even fracture from repeated use.

Read the full story here

http://www.runnersworld.com/health/5-ways-runners-are-messing-up-their-teeth

Dr Ashley Davenport BDS MFGDP(UK)

I qualified as a dentist in 1995 and can honestly say that I have been doing a job that I love for the past 20 plus years. Most people who know me well know that dentistry is a passion for me and that if I won the lottery I would still want to have some dentistry in my life. I get huge satisfaction from treating patients and making a difference to ...

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Dr Catherine Myatt BDS MFGDP(UK)

Cath joined the practice as a dentist in 2002.  She and Ashley met on their postgraduate Vocational Training course in Birmingham when they ended up working at the same practice in West Bromwich.  When Ashley was looking for an associate at Balsall Common Dental Practice, Cath came to take the role and she has been here ever since.  In 2017 Cath...

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