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wmfd.com - Running is great exercise, it helps you burn calories to lose weight, lowers blood pressure and helps elevate your mood, but there may be an unexpected downside to running, problems with your teeth.

   
 
 
Jogging May Be Good For Your Health, But Bad For Your Teeth

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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Running is great exercise, it helps you burn calories to lose weight, lowers blood pressure and helps elevate your mood. But there may be an unexpected downside to running, problems with your teeth. Here's the story in today's Health Minute. A small study published in June in the Scandanavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, shows physically active people, especially runners. have a higher risk of dental erosion. Researchers compared the diets of 35 tri-athletes to 35 people who did not exercise. They found the harder they worked out, the less saliva they had, and the higher the P-H balance was in that saliva. One of the reasons is what is referred to as "runners mount." When you work out hard, you sweat, and tend to breath out of your mouth, both of which can dehydrate you and dry up the saliva. Saliva is crucial in oral health. It keeps your mouth clear and prevents bacterial build up. Researcher had a few suggestions for those who work out vigorously: Drink plenty of water, since you need water to produce saliva. After you work out, chew piece of sugar-free gum or pop a sugar-free candy to get the saliva glans working. Stay away from sugar, it encourages bacterial growth. Brush and floss your teeth regularly, especially after a run to help rid your mouth of bacteria that the saliva would have flushed away.

   
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