Miles of smiles
It’s well known that running is great for your physical and mental health and can help to boost your mood! While running is great for health in general, did you know it might not actually be so great for your teeth? Thanks to all those extra endorphins flowing when you exercise, you’ll naturally be cracking a smile, so we’re sure you’re keen to keep it looking its best! Read on to find out how you can protect it.
Sugar packed boosts
On a long run, in an effort to push yourself that little bit faster or further you might reach for an energy gel or a sports drink to give you an extra boost. But have you considered the effect these sugary boosters might be having on your teeth?
These types of gels and sports drinks can actually feed on the bacteria that naturally occurs in your mouth, and these little bugs can produce an acid that eats away at the enamel covering your teeth*.
If you do decide to use energy drinks and gels why not follow it with a swill of water after to rinse the residue from your teeth? Also, check out the ingredients used. If they have citric or tartaric acid included this could further erode your enamel.
Another common issue amongst runners is breathing through the mouth – well you’ve got to breathe right, so what’s the problem?
Breathing in this way can make your mouth dry and remove the saliva that helps to wash away debris and also neutralises acids from food and bacteria.
Again the fix is quite simple. Just having a little bit of water on hand can help to rehydrate and restore the balance.
Whilst exercise and running is great for your health and wellbeing, it’s important to think about the other effects they might be having on your body and why regular dental check-ups are important.
There’s no better place than the finishing line of your chosen Simplyhealth Great Run event to celebrate your achievement and show off that healthy smile. To learn more about the benefits of joining a Denplan payment plan and locate a local friendly dentist visit www.denplan.co.uk/find-a-dentist.
Denplan from Simplyhealth are the UK’s leading dental payment plan provider, available through over 6,500 dentists in the UK. With a range of plans available, you’ll find everything you need to help maintain and improve your long term oral health.