Posted on February 3, 2020
We know that exercise is very important for both our mental and physical health. However, have you thought about the effects of running on your oral health? While those two things may seem unrelated, they’re actually not. Fear not. Dr. Francisco Garcia at Garcia Orthodontics will explain the correlation between running and oral health.
While the rest of your body may be in great shape, each extra training hour actually increases your risk of tooth decay. Athletes are at risk for two specific oral health problems: dry mouth effects and sports-related nutrition effects.
Dry mouth creates a danger zone for your teeth. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, 30% of all tooth decay in older adults is caused by dry mouth. Saliva is required to help to wash away food debris and reduce plaque – reducing your risk for gum disease and tooth decay.
It is important to keep in mind that these factors do NOT mean that you should stop running. Instead, think about adopting new habits to help you protect your teeth:
Whether you have braces or clear aligners, it is important for any runner to pay special attention to their oral health. For questions or concerns about the effects of running during orthodontic treatment, contact our office. Your smile is our priority.