How do Sports Damage your Teeth?

Surprising as it sounds, running, jumping, cycling, rowing, playing tennis or dancing a long time increases the risk of caries and loosening of canines and molars. Below are some explanations.

dental_emergencyWhen we do a lot of physical activity, dental capital is threatened. The diet of the sport is partly involved. “To be effective, athletes consuming large amounts of carbohydrates: pasta, dried fruit, cereal bars, fruit juice … observes Dr. Joe Cox, dentist at the Idaho Falls Dental Group and member of the American Association of dentistry sport.

These foods are needed to sustain a prolonged effort, but they cause acidity in the mouth which peaks in the long run weaken the enamel and promote attack bacteria. Hence the more frequent occurrence of caries and periodontal disease (damage to the dental support tissues) that are likely to induce loosening problems. ”

To minimize risk, the athlete must – more than any other person – scrupulously respect the rules of oral hygiene ( brush teeth at least 2 times per day) and reduce their exposure to sugary products. Better as he drinks fruit juices and energy drinks through a straw, not in a glass or bottle, so they do not come into contact with the teeth. “An intense physical activity induced by addition of water losses that cause a decrease in saliva production,” says Dr. Cox.

Result: the mouth is drier and saliva no longer plays its role of lubricant and protective as a buffer. Drinking regularly – before, during and after sportĀ  is crucial for teeth. Chewing gum without sugar are also valuable. The chewing increases the amount of saliva, which neutralizes oral acidity.

The pool chlorine attacks the Tooth enamel

Swimmers are sometimes faced with a specific problem: the chlorine used to disinfect pools and water pools. By evaporating the form of hydrochloric acid, the chemical compound present a real danger to the teeth: it attacks the enamel. If you swim regularly ask about the water quality and the added chlorine dose. And when you visit your dentist, be sure to inform them that you use the high dose swimming.

You as a sports person knowing that you’re more exposed, you can take dentistappropriate precautions against a premature tooth problem: Councillor laying a fluoride varnish or port fluoridation gutters if necessary. Dental fractures are not very common, except in combat sports or those where there is contact (handball, basketball …). In case of fracture, collect the fragments of teeth that have detached, keep them in a saline (or milk) and make an appointment to the dentist within 24 hours.