Effect of Extreme Exercises on the Teeth
It is a well-known fact that exercise can have many benefits for the body. Although there are definitely benefits from engaging in exercise on a regular basis, there is also the potential for damage to the teeth if you exercise rigorously and on a frequent basis.
One of the reasons why teeth can become weakened during extreme fitness training is due to rehydration. Many individuals like to use sports drinks to refuel, rehydrate, and replace electrolytes. While sports drinks can replace lost minerals and help you to maintain a good fluid balance, they can also wreak havoc on the teeth. Sports drinks are very acidic, leading to erosion of tooth enamel over just a short period of time. If you take sips regularly during your workout, your teeth remain exposed to the devastating effects of the acid as often as you sip.
Another reason why teeth may erode or decay from exercise is due to a reduction in saliva. Saliva naturally rinses and protects the teeth. Extreme exercise can cause you to breathe through your mouth, drying out teeth and leaving them exposed to damage. When you reduce the rinsing effects of saliva and add acidic beverages, this increases erosion substantially.
Try to breathe through your nose as much as you can during exercise, and replace fluids with either plain water or coconut water. Be sure to keep up with good oral hygiene and get a dental exam if needed to catch potential problems early.
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