When we think about getting our bodies in tip-top shape, we think about consistent exercise and a clean diet. We all know that eating Wheaties is a sure way to supercharge our body for a sports victory, but we don’t often emphasize the importance of brushing afterward. Because the mouth and body work together and influence each other, it’s crucial to care for our mouths as an integral part of our bodies.
Oral and overall health are closely linked and impact one another. For a high score in health, increase your physical activity AND establish habits to improve your smile. Click here for video tips on brushing and flossing the right way.
Did you know that poor oral health is actually common in elite athletes?” It may come as a surprise, but oral health can often get neglected, even for the most athletic individuals. Between 28 and 40 percent of elite athletes in one study reported that their oral health negatively impacts their quality of life.
High-energy diets often increase an individual’s carbohydrate intake. Carbs have cavity-causing bacteria that cause tooth decay, just like sugar. When we add in the acidic nature of sports drinks, it’s no challenge to see why endurance athletes struggle with tooth decay and cavities.
Remember, a healthy body includes a healthy mouth. Looking for more on the mouth and body connection? Check out our blog.