If you’re a fitness fanatic or an amateur athlete, you probably value good health. Physical exercise and eating right are important to staying in shape. The right balance of diet and workout time can keep you looking and feeling young. You’ll be less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke. People who stay in shape also reduce their risk for Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes complications, and other health problems.
You work so hard to stay physically fit, but how’s your oral health?
Did you know, research links oral health to overall health? Only 20% of Americans escape gum disease, a chronic oral infection. Furthermore, gum disease increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, diabetes complications, low-weight births, and certain cancers. All the work you do in the gym can help ward off these health problems, but if your dental health falters, the risks creep right back.
Thousands of bacteria call your mouth home. In the dark, wet, warm environment, they grow and thrive. You have to proactively clean your mouth to keep oral bacteria under control, otherwise, cavities and gum disease will go wild.
Before you head to the gym in the morning, take time to thoroughly brush your teeth. Use a tongue scraper to clean plaque and bacteria from your tongue, and rinse your mouth with an alcohol-free, anti-bacterial mouthwash. As an athlete, you know that hydration is important when exercising or playing sports. Hydration is also important for controlling bacteria in your mouth. Sip on pure H20 all day long to keep bacteria at bay. Then, before bed, brush and floss, taking time to concentrate on back teeth, which are hard to clean.
Kudos to you for staying fit! As your general dentist, Dr. Fondriest wants to help you remain healthy now and in the future. Today, Americans are keeping their natural teeth longer than ever before, and this has a direct influence on quality of life in the golden years. In addition to regular dental care, Dr. Fondriest offers custom athletic mouthguards and cosmetic bonding for chips — which are a common injury in contact sports. To schedule a checkup or consultation with Dr. Fondriest, call Lake Forest Dental Arts at 847.234.0517.