The holidays may feel like a distant memory by now, but if you’re like many people, you’re probably still battling the bulge from all the extra calories you consumed throughout the season.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could put extra holiday weight behind us as easily as we put the Christmas decorations back in storage?
Unfortunately, that’s not how it works, so we have to dedicate ourselves to getting back on track with a sensible diet and daily exercise.
Don’t Let A New Exercise Routine Hurt Your Teeth!
It’s great that you want to get in better shape with regular exercise, but working out can pose unique risks to your dental health. Our team at Northwest Dental Group isn’t going to let your new exercise routine cause trouble for your smile!
So here are a few healthy teeth tips to keep in mind while you’re busy fighting the post-holiday pounds!
*Don’t Be Fooled By Sports Drinks*
Advertisements for sports drinks make it sound like you’re doing your body some good by keeping your gym bag well-stocked with these beverages.
But sports drinks, and fruit juices and smoothies for that matter, are highly acidic and loaded with sugar, which are a bad combination for your teeth.
Sports drinks may give you a brief burst of energy, but with hidden caffeine and sugar, along with the acidity, you’re only putting your teeth at risk for decay and cavities.
*Prevent Dehydration With Water*
To prevent dehydration while breaking a sweat, there’s no substitute for water.
This will keep your mouth well-saturated with bacteria-fighting saliva, which coats and protects your teeth and gums from harmful acids.
*Make Your Oral Hygiene Routine A Priority, Too*
Whether you’re starting out with a few laps around the neighborhood or pumping iron, your daily exercise routine is essential to good health.
But a routine that’s just as important to total body wellness is your daily oral hygiene regimen. So make sure you’re brushing your teeth twice each day, as well as flossing at least once. This will keep your mouth clean of harmful bacteria and the tiny food particles that feed it.
*Get A Dental Cleaning & Exam*
Some sort of physical activity should be part of everyone’s daily routine. But you don’t have to visit the dentist as often as you visit the local gym.
Generally, you should come in about twice a year for dental cleanings and exams so we can check your mouth for signs of trouble, treat any problems while they’re small, and prevent oral health threats from developing.
Schedule An Appointment!
Many of us spend the new year dedicating ourselves to better health, which means you might be changing up your exercise routine or just starting one after a long hiatus.
We’re here to help you reach your health goals this year by providing excellent dental care and tips to keep your teeth strong while you get back into the gym!