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Runners at a Higher Risk of Tooth Decay 

Athletes may be in peak physical condition, but that good health doesn’t always extend to their dentition. According to several studies, athletes, particularly runners, are more prone to oral health problems such as dental caries and erosion than the general population.  Several factors, predominantly stemming from training regimens, played into this greater risk of tooth decay, including diet, consumption of sports drinks, and mouth breathing.
Runners typically ingest large quantities of carbohydrates during training, which can lower a runner’s oral pH level, increasing the risk of dental erosion and decay. Additionally, runners’ tendency to breathe through their mouths while exercising can dry out the 
mouth, providing a hospitable environment for bacteria.

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