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If you have signed up for a TE60 SHRED® Program and you’re ready to give it your all, you may have already prepared your workout gear, planned your nutritional regime, and scheduled the dates and times of your workout. One thing you should also give priority to, though, is your dental health. When you work out intensely, you can instinctively begin to breathe through your mouth – a habit which can, in the long term, dry out teeth and make them more susceptible to decay. What steps can you take to keep this and other oral problems at bay?
Avoid Sugary Energy Drinks
Energy drinks may hydrate you in the short-term, yet study after study has shown that those which contain sugar actually harm your health in the long run. One 2018 study found that drinking just one energy drink can harm blood vessel function. Many energy drinks also contain a combination of ingredients such as sugar, taurine, caffeine, and other ingredients, which can dry out teeth and lead to decay.
Why are Sugary Beverages Dangerous?
Beverages, warn dentists, can be particularly dangerous, because they can settle in the gaps of teeth and promote plaque buildup, potentially leading to tooth decay and loss. If you have cavities or missing teeth, seeking dental treatment is key as a way to prevent further damage and restore full functionality of teeth. This will enable you to enjoy food and include a wider variety of foods – both soft and hard – which will give you the fuel you need to perform at your best while working out.
Are You Clenching Your Teeth?
Another way to protect your dental health is to wear a dental guard if you find that you are clenching your teeth when you lift heavy weights. Not only can clenching wear down your teeth and harm your tooth enamel, but it can also cause tooth and jaw pain. When clenching is repeated, it can cause teeth to crack and fracture. Worn-out enamel, meanwhile, provides less protection against decay. Generic mouthguards do exist, but for a better fit, ask your dentist to make you a personalised guard. Your dentist will need to take a mold of your teeth first, and in a few days, your mouthguard will be ready.
Working Out can Change Alkalinity in Your Mouth
Researchers from the dental school at the University Hospital Heidelberg in Germany carried out tests on competitive athletes, finding that during a workout, the amount of saliva produced drops significantly. The chemical makeup of saliva also changes, becoming more alkaline as workouts progress. The researchers noted that the combination of increased dryness plus greater alkalinity has the potential for being a risk factor for oral health.
Researchers recommend seeing a specialised sports dentist if you are a high-level endurance acid, so as to buffer against the potential effects that exercise can have on your oral health. Drinking plenty of water (to ensure the mouth is hydrated), avoiding sugary drinks, and being very strict with your dental routine (brushing and flossing after meals) is important. Protect your mouth against clenching through a mouthguard; you will do yourself a big favor by also potentially avoiding jaw pain and headaches.