Junkies & Jocks

by Alison

What do methamphetamine addicts and Olympic athletes have in common? More dental problems than the rest of the population, and weirdly it is seemingly for a similar reason.

This morning I found an interesting article on the Atlantic.com website. It discusses the fact that Olympic athletes have higher rates of dental decay than non-athletes. You can check it out with this link. http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/09/how-exercise-could-erode-teeth/380851/

The conclusion of that article says something similar to what this blog I wrote about smoking meth says.

Everyone assumed that smoking meth decreased saliva flow, causing excessive tooth decay - sometimes referred to “meth mouth”. The assumption made about athletes was that they drink those sugary sports drinks frequently causing higher rates of decay.

However, it seems that both meth smokers and elite athletes are suffering from improper pH in their saliva, which seems to be the culprit in their dental woes in both cases.  The athletes have higher pH and the meth addicts have lower pH.  The frustrating thing I find about these articles is that neither one says anything about how to restore proper pH to saliva.

So while I can say unequivocally, do not smoke meth, I can’t really say don’t exercise. So how about, if you are really into exercise make sure to see your dentist regularly to catch small problems before they become large problems. We can help you with that, just give us a call 703-532-1712 FallsChurchSmiles.com