Posted on 3/10/2020 by Beautiful Smiles Office
|A very common problem that many athletes and fitness enthusiasts face is dealing with dry mouth and thirst when they are playing sports or exercising. This issue also affects people who have active, physical jobs or hobbies.
While a lot of people might view this as no big deal and not give much thought to it, the fact is that if this is a persistent issue and you are regularly active it can lead to much more serious problems including bad breath, gum irritation, and possibly even develop into gum disease. Learning how to deal with it properly is crucial to maintaining your oral health. Here are a few ways to help make sure that your saliva production during activity is optimal:
Pre-Hydration is Essential
One of the causes of dry mouth and dehydration during strenuous activity is the fact that you aren't properly hydrated prior to engaging in it in the first place. The time to start drinking fluids isn't during the activity or when you get thirsty, it is several hours before you even begin. That way your body isn't trying to play catch up while it is already in exertion mode.
Practice Proper Breathing Techniques
Another common reason people suffer from a lack of saliva when active is because as the heart rate increases, so does their tendency to breathe through their mouths. This, in turn, dries the mouth out very quickly, leaving the participant thirsty. Always remember to breath in through the nose and out through the mouth.
When these things aren't enough, it is time to come and visit with one of our dental professionals to look a little deeper into the problem and figure out a more effective and permanent solution. Feel free to stop on by or contact our office by phone whenever you have the opportunity.
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