Working Out Without Wrecking Your Teeth
If you’re sticking to your New Year’s resolution to get more exercise, then congratulations!
Starting a new workout routine can be tough, especially if you haven’t been very physically active in a while, so you should be really proud of yourself.
As you continue to see results, you’ll be able to keep pushing yourself, achieve new health goals, and even come to enjoy a good, tough workout.
Just make sure you don’t let your smile pay the price!
Keep up with your routine dental appointments at Beaumont Family Dentistry and talk to us about how you can maintain good oral and overall health this year.
You Can Work Out Without Hurting Your Teeth
Research shows a connection between physical activity and your dental health. More specifically, studies reveal athletes are at an increased risk for cavities. Here are some tips to help you avoid that risk as you work hard to fight the holiday fluff:
*Hydrate The Right Way*
Star athletes gulping down sports drinks in commercials might help sales, but it’s not the best message to send about proper hydration.
While a sports drink might taste good after a hard workout, the sugar it contains will only fuel bad bacteria in your mouth, not your body.
Stay hydrated the right way with good old-fashioned H20!
Your body needs plenty of water each day, especially if you’re losing fluids with sweaty workouts. But your mouth needs water, too.
Dehydration brings your saliva production to a halt, which leads to dry mouth. Your smile can suffer the consequences because saliva protects your teeth against acid erosion and your mouth from harmful bacteria.
*Exercise Good Dental Care At Home*
Exercise doesn’t just happen at the gym.
We’re talking about exercising a good oral care routine at home. First, follow the American Dental Association’s guidelines for brushing your teeth. Make sure you’re brushing for two minutes in the morning and two minutes at night using a soft-bristle toothbrush.
And don’t forget to floss!
Studies show that most adults don’t floss every day as they should. So if improving your health is one of your goals this year, you need to make this part of your oral care routine if you haven’t already.
Floss clears out the food particles that your toothbrush misses, and this helps prevent the development of cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss.
*Get Your Teeth Cleaned Routinely*
Brushing and flossing are important, but it’s not enough to keep plaque from building up on your teeth. To prevent dental problems, you also need routine checkups with your Lexington dentist. We’ll clean your teeth, check for decay, cavities, and gum disease, talk to you about any issues you’re having with your oral health, and discuss possible treatments you might need to keep your mouth healthy and functional.
Call For An Appointment!
Adopting a new exercise regimen doesn’t have to be counterproductive to your health goals. All it takes is proper hydration, good oral hygiene, and routine visits to your Lexington dentist to stay on track.
Keep your smile bright and healthy with a dental checkup. Call Beaumont Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment or visit us online.