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California Dental Hygienists Offer Health Tips for Weekend Warriors & Fitness Buffs
Date:10/29/2007

Experts Offer Advice on Everything from Sports Drinks to Mouth Guards

GLENDALE, Calif., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Weekend warriors and other fitness buffs take note: your need to pay as much attention to you oral health as your cardio and muscle-building regimens.

"People today are concerned about their total health, weight issues and being healthy, yet they forget to protect their teeth and the health of their mouth," said Jean Honny, president of the California Dental Hygienists' Association (CDHA). "Exercise and diet indeed affect total health."

According to CDHA, many health-conscious Californians are unaware of the oral health dangers from the sports drinks, gels and special diets they consume during races and various sporting activities.

"Dental hygienists have received substantial education in nutrition," Honny said. "Every day we see the adverse effects of carbohydrates and sugars in a person's diet that can increase their risk of dental decay."

Distance runners, cyclists, tri-athletes and other serious athletes often experience "cotton mouth," which reduces saliva from increased air intake. This can lead to dental decay since saliva acts as a protective coating for our teeth against the acid in our mouths.

This problem is compounded when these athletes consume high amounts of carbohydrates; the breakdown of carbohydrates leads to higher acidity in the mouth. Additionally, many drinks and sports gels athletes consume during races are very high in sugar, which also contributes to dental decay.

To combat these problems, CDHA offers the following tips:

-- Use xylitol-containing products such as chewing gum between

workouts and meals to generate re-mineralization of teeth

-- There are some sports drinks companies starting to use xylitol

as a sweetener, use them if you can find them

-- Carry a bottle of water or cup of ice while rac
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SOURCE California Dental Hygienists' Association
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