What are Your Teeth telling you About Your Workout?
By Mina Levi, DDS, 11/06/2014
Working out is routine part of a healthy lifestyle, just like brushing and flossing your teeth is. The two may not seem connected, but your workout can affect your dental health in many interesting ways. In this article, Dentist San Francisco Mina Levi, DDS outlines a few signs that your workout is affecting your oral health.
1. Sensitive Teeth: When you exercise, your increase circulation to all parts of your body, including your teeth. If you are working out outdoors, breathing in cold air during times when your circulation is increased to your teeth can make your teeth very sensitive. If this is occurring, try to work out outside when it is warm outside and use a sensitive toothpaste.
2. Multiple cavities: Athletes and people who are exercising often tend to drink more sports drinks than sedentary individuals. These drinks are highly acidic and can wear away enamel and promote bacteria and plaque build-up in the mouth. Make sure to finish sports drinks quickly rather than sipping them over a long period of time, and then drink plenty of water.
3. Dry mouth: When you exercise, the body suppresses the production of saliva and the spit that it does produce is more acidic. This will cause the feeling of dry mouth or dehydration. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, then regularly sip or rinse with water periodically throughout the workout.
If you have any questions about your workout habits or dental care routine, visit Dentist San Francisco Mina Levi, DDS on the web at www.minalevidds.com or give us a call at (415) 513-5066.