A REASON TO HANG UP OUR RUNNING SHOES?
Recently we were alerted to a new study which asserts that endurance training leads to higher incidence of tooth erosion. According to the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, this is chiefly caused by a reduction in salivary production during a series of incremental running field tests, accompanied by an increased pH level. According to Los Angeles dentist, Dr. John Gonzalez, “The Obvious results of running for long periods of time while breathing through the mouth is a dry mouth. Anything which reduces the amount of saliva in a person’s mouth is not a healthy situation with regards to tooth decay and erosion.” However, he discovered a glaring error in the PubMed report. ”An increase in pH means the saliva would be more alkaline,” says Gonzalez, explaining, “alkaline is good because it neutralizes the acid produced by the bacteria when the bacterial break down carbohydrates (sugars).”