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How Running Can Damage Your Teeth

8th / March / 2017

Physical activity is important for a fit and healthy body as well as mental well-being. However, a Swedish study in 2014 has highlighted the increased risk of damaged teeth and dental erosion faced by athletes.

From the report, it would seem that extra oral care is needed if we are not to jog our way into the dentist’s surgery.

On the bright side, there are a few simple steps that can be taken to protect our teeth and smile:

  • Remain Hydrated. Drink plenty of water before any physical exercise and top up during the workout and after to assist in the production of saliva.
  • Reduce Sugar. Replace sweet drinks with sugar-free mints or chewing gum as sugar encourages the growth of bacteria.
  • Brush and Floss. Brushing and flossing is a good idea after a strenuous workout

Following these basic guidelines will avoid most problems and give you reason to smile. As cosmetic dentist Dr. Jessica Emery points out “Oral hygiene is something everyone needs to take seriously”

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