March 26, 2015
We can almost taste warm sunshine and summertime now that March is coming to a close. We have officially hit the beginning of spring, which means that it’s time to think about that swimsuit! In fact, most stores already have the swimsuits lined up for purchase!
This is a time of year when many of our patients here in Belleview are jumping on the diet and exercise trains to prepare their bodies for less clothing by trimming inches and losing pounds. It’s wonderful to feel great about the way you look, but it’s great for your body to be healthier as well!
Diet and exercise are the two pillars to becoming healthier, looking better, and losing the pounds you piled on over the cold winter months. We are big believers in this process, but we know that you have to be careful not to actually damage other parts of your body in the process, like your teeth.
Be Healthy from Head to Toe!
As we said before, we want you to look and feel great, but we also want you to be healthy from the top of your head to the toes on your feet! Diet and exercise can put your body at risk if you don’t take precautions and do things the best way.
For example, exercising without properly stretching ahead of time could cause damage to your muscles! Not wearing the right shoes can cause injury to your feet. Not drinking enough water will cause damage to the internal systems of your body.
You have to know how to care for your body while you are using diet and exercise, and that includes knowing how to care for your teeth. That’s what we want to look at next!
Risks to Your Teeth
Diet and exercise can cause harm to your teeth. In fact, there is some research that finds that athletes actually have some of the worst teeth! Check out this article from the 2012 Olympics!
Your oral health risks will not be from the extreme measures taken by Olympic athletes, but from more simple mistakes often made in a common diet and exercise routine. Let’s take a look!
Diet: Dieting, especially extreme dieting, can cause some hardships for your smile. Your body needs a balanced diet to stay healthy, but sometimes dieting makes a balanced diet impossible to maintain! Without those vital nutrients, your teeth will be more prone to decay. Without a healthy immune system, your teeth will be more prone to a gum disease infection.
Exercise: Exercise is another area of concern for your teeth. If done the right way, there is very little risk, but some things do pop up. For example, if your body is dehydrated, your mouth won’t produce the saliva it needs to protect your teeth from decay and infection. Another risk comes from the exercise itself. If you clench or grind your teeth while you are working out, you could be causing damage to your teeth or your TMJ.
Taking Steps to Protect Your Smile
Diet and exercise are great for the health of your body, but you might need to take extra steps to also protect your teeth while you are on this course to lose weight and get fit! Below are four things you can do to ensure that your smile stays healthy while the rest of your body is improving!
Hydration: Drinking plenty of water is important to staying hydrated, especially if you are dieting and working out. Drink water before, during, and after your exercise to give your body the fluids it needs to keep your systems running smoothly.
Balanced Diet: It is important that your body gets all of the minerals, nutrients, and vitamins that it needs to protect itself. Your teeth are actually absorbing those minerals as you chew your food! Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as lean protein to keep your body strong.
Pay Attention to Pain: As you exercise, you might not realize that you are clenching or grinding your teeth, but you can pay close attention to the amount of pain you feel after a workout. If you notice a headache after each session at the gym, or if your face feels incredibly tired, you might need to consider jaw relaxation methods or consider if a mouthguard would be helpful to protect your teeth while you are exercising.
See Us Often: Now that you know that there are risks to your teeth from diet and exercise, it is important that you keep us in the loop! Plan to come see us regularly while you are getting in shape so that we can assess your oral health. We can let you know if there are areas that need to be improved or not!
Set up an Appointment!
Contact us today to set up an appointment! Let us know about your plans to dive into a diet and exercise routine so that we know what to expect from your teeth in the near future! We will help you develop a plan to keep your teeth healthy and strong!