Is vigorous exercise bad for dental health?

September 26, 2014

New York Times blog post reports on a new study indicating that vigorous exercise might have negative side effects on one’s dental health.

Vigorous exercise is good for almost all of the body — except perhaps the teeth, according to a surprising new study of athletes which observed that when competitive athletes work out, the amount of saliva that they produced progressively lessened, meaning that their mouths became drier, regardless of whether they consumed water or other beverages during the workout. The saliva’s chemical composition also shifted, growing more alkaline as the workout continued. Excess alkalinity in saliva is thought to contribute to the development of tartar plaques on teeth and other problems.

A dentist checking the teeth of an athlete during the Special Olympics. Photo copyright Healthy Athletes  https://www.flickr.com/photos/healthy_athletes/

A dentist checking the teeth of an athlete during the Special Olympics. Photo copyright Healthy Athletes https://www.flickr.com/photos/healthy_athletes/

Is vigorous exercise bad for dental health?

Still there are a few precautions that anyone who exercises and has concerns about their oral health might want to take, she said. Drinking water during workouts could be a start, although the connection between hydration and oral health is not scientifically established…

Whether you are an athlete or not, the usual rules of dental health apply:  floss and brush your teeth twice a day. And if you’re a serious endurance athlete, consider visiting a local dentist like Farhoumand Dental!

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