Running is great for your body in almost every way, so why does it seem to bother your teeth? That’s exactly what we’re exploring in this blog post.
Bruxism (Grinding or Gritting Your Teeth)
Nine times out of ten, the reason for your tooth pain while running is due to you unconsciously grinding or gritting your teeth as you run. This is very common in a lot of people living active lifestyles. You’re working out and exerting a lot of energy, so you grit your teeth to push through it.
How to Stop Gritting Your Teeth During Running & Excercise
You definitely want to stop gritting and grinding your teeth but not at the cost of reducing the frequency or intensity of your workouts. Here are some helpful tips to stop the damage that it can create.
Wear a Mouthguard
While it’s not the most attractive option, a mouthguard will block the damaging collision of your teeth during your workouts and help keep your teeth as strong and healthy as you are on your runs.
We especially recommend a custom-fitting mouthguard for maximum comfort, protection, and durability. They can even last up to 15 years if taken care of properly.
Relax Your Face & Be Conscious of Your Teeth
You can most likely solve this issue with some mental energy while out on your next run. Focus on relaxing your face and mouth to loosen up your muscles. Stop yourself if you notice yourself trying to grit or grind your teeth together again. Who knows – maybe a relaxed face will help you run better or faster.
Teeth can often be very sensitive to cold weather, so if you’re running with your mouth open, the wind may irritate them. This is especially the case if you’re mouth is dry from breathing through your mouth as your saliva isn’t there to regulate your teeth and protect them.
Hyrdrate More & Keep Your Mouth Closed When Possible
Water is amazing and will help keep your teeth healthy and strong. It will also keep your mouth producing saliva that can help mitigate the temperatures from the wind. And, try to keep your mouth closed during your runs to keep your mouth from drying out and harming your teeth in the process.
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