Dental Health for Endurance Athletes

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July 14, 2015 on 12:39 pm | In Community, Nutrition Tips, Product Information, Random Musings, Training | No Comments

This blog brought to you by TriSports Team athlete Ali Rutledge. We all know how important it is to fuel properly for the time we put in training and racing. But have you ever thought about how those fuels affect your teeth? Luckily, Ali does! Read on to learn more! Follow Ali on Twitter – @alaida.


Ever heard that sports drinks and sports nutrition can cause you to have poor dental health, such as cavities? Research has shown us that exercise is the best preventative measure for pretty much every single disorder from cancer to heart disease.

There is evidence, though, that a potential side effect of exercise is poor dental heath.

Does all that sports nutrition hurt your teeth?

The changes our saliva goes through during exercise is a cause of poor dental health, not the sports drink and bars we consume.  During exercise, your saliva becomes more alkaline and has been associated with tarter plaques and other dental problems. All we can say is that endurance training can be a risk factor for oral health.

What's in your bottle/pocket?

Certainly we are not going to stop doing endurance sports and we should not.  We also must consume the proper sports nutrition products during our race and training sessions so we can be at our best.  To ensure we maintain good dental health, we need to remember to brush and floss at least daily, especially after long sessions where we consume sports drink and other products such as bars and gels. As athletes, we spend so much time training our bodies, but we also need to remember to visit our dentist regularly.

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