You may have seen the recent report making its way through the news from The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports that claims vigorous exercise and heavy training can actually be damaging to your teeth. After examining endurance athletes, researchers came to the conclusion that heavy training could actually increase your risk of cavities.
How exactly? Well, the researchers determined that the high-endurance athletes examined produced less saliva during workouts and were more prone to cavities. We know in the dental world that saliva helps fights off plaque, bacteria and even maintains the enamel and whiteness of your teeth. Without saliva for lengthy period of times, the researchers said the athletes were more likely to experience tooth decay.
It’s important to know that this research on the relationship between heavy exercise and tooth decay is ongoing. Also remember that dentists and scientists have found positive links between exercise and your oral health. Let’s review some of those points:
We’ve known for years that exercise can improve our overall health. We burn carbohydrates every time we exercise. That does not include the carbohydrates in our mouths, but fewer carbohydrates allows us to maintain a healthy weight, and we know that obesity can negatively affect your oral health. A healthy exercise routine also can lower your risk of diabetes, which studies have recently found can put you a greater risk of gum disease. Exercise also reduces any inflammation in the body. Inflammation is a common symptom of periodontal disease.
As researchers continue to study the effects rigorous exercise has on your oral health, consider how a regular exercise schedule can benefit your mouth. Call us today if you have more questions about how your lifestyle is affecting your oral health.