Can Exercise Damage Our Teeth?


Most of us are aware that eating sugary foods and not brushing our teeth twice a day can lead to tooth decay, but even taking part in regular exercise can cause damage to our teeth.

Speaking with the Daily Mail, BeautyHaven revealed high-intensity cardio-based fitness programmes can lead to people suffering from tooth erosion.

This finding comes from a German study that revealed endurance athletes are more likely to have wearing away of enamel than those who do not regularly exercise. This is due to exercise reducing salvia production, as spit contains important minerals that neutralise acid in our mouth. Without enough of this, our teeth are left vulnerable to this acid, resulting in them wearing away and rotting.

Men’s Health dentistry advisor Mark S Wolff was also reported by Prevention.com as saying fitness enthusiasts tend to consume a lot of sugary energy gels and sports drinks that contain high levels of acid, both of which can lead to tooth decay.

While taking part in regular exercise is good – and the NHS recommends 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week to keep your body healthy – it is important to look after your teeth too.

BeautyHaven suggests sipping on water to keep your mouth hydrated, and it is preferable to sports drinks, which typically have high sugar content.

It is not just exercise that has been found to be bad for teeth, and simple habits like biting nails, using teeth to open things, and rinsing after brushing can lead to tooth decay.

Nail biting can result in tooth enamel splintering or even encourage the movement of teeth; using teeth as tools could lead to them chipping or cracking; and rinsing or drinking within 30 minutes of brushing could flush away the protective fluoride in the toothpaste.

Make sure your teeth are in top condition by booking an appointment with your dentist in Guildford today.