January is usually the time of year when everyone flocks to the gym. We want to be in shape, and this is the perfect time to make a life change. Plus, most gyms are offering great deals on memberships right now. While you are getting your body healthy, be sure that you are also taking care of your smile. Exercise can cause problems for your teeth, so take a look at our guide to healthy exercise below!

Watch the Hydration – Hydration is really important for your oral health. You can only produce saliva when your body is adequately hydrated, which puts your mouth at risk when you begin exercising. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after you workout to keep your mouth hydrated.

Skip Sugary Drinks
– Note in the above paragraph that we mentioned water, not sports drinks. The sugar in common sports drinks can actually harm your teeth by increasing your risk for decay. It might taste great, but the results aren’t so good. If water is too plain for you, consider boosting the flavor with fresh fruits and herbs.

Pay Attention to TMJ Pain – Working out puts the body under stress, especially if you haven’t done it in a while. It’s not uncommon for people to clench their teeth while working out, which can add stress and damage to your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Practice keeping your jaw relaxed while you exercise, or purchase a custom mouthguard to protect your teeth while you are active.

We are so excited that you want to jump into this new world of exercise and activity! Your body will be feeling great very soon, and with a little bit of extra care, your mouth will be doing great as well! Take the tips above very seriously, and take care of your smile! Contact us today for more information. We would love to see you and your smile very soon!

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