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    Tips for great oral health when running

    teeth health dentist smileProfessional runners experience higher levels of dental erosion. Thus, taking care of your teeth, and getting extra help from a dentist, when you run is absolutely crucial. There are several things that you can do to ensure that your smile does not fall prey to cavities as a result of your admirable desire to keep fit.
    Running indirectly causes dental erosion for several reasons. The main factors include:

    – A dry mouth: running can dehydrate us, causing our mouth to lack saliva. Saliva helps to defend us against cavity causing bacteria.

    – Sugary sports drinks: as your dentist will confirm, these can cause cavities.

    – Gritting our teeth as we run: this can be an unconscious habit with endurance sports.

    Drink water to stay hydrated. Chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production. Brush and floss your teeth after physical activity if you have a dry mouth.

    “Oral hygiene is something everyone needs to take seriously.”

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    Dr Nicholas Riley BDS 1996, MJDF 2012

    Nik qualified from Cardiff Dental School in 1996. He has always had a keen interest in clinical excellence, and further education. He recently gained his MJDF qualifications Nik dedicates much of his time to attending many world renowned courses in restorative, aesthetic and implant dentistry, so he can ensure that patients benefit from the most up to date solutions.