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Endurance Exercise Can Damage Your Teeth—Here’s How...

Endurance Exercise

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  • A number of studies show that endurance athletes are at greater risk for dental problems than non-athletes, courtesy of their fitness regimen
  • Two primary culprits contributing to this phenomenon are: consuming large amounts of sports drinks, and breathing improperly during training, causing dry mouth
  • Sports drinks contain high amounts of sugar—as much as two-thirds the amount of sugar in sodas
  • Continuously sipping a sugary beverage is particularly harmful to your teeth, as with each sip you’re feeding caries-promoting bacteria in your mouth
  • Most people, including elite athletes, tend to breathe heavily through their mouth during exercise. Mouth breathing reduces the flow of saliva and dries out your mouth. This too allows bacteria to thrive

By Dr. Mercola

According to dental professionals, endurance athletes are at greater risk for dental problems than non-athletes, courtesy of their fitness regimen. Why would that be so?


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