|KEEPING IN TOUCH - JULY 2023
We are very fortunate to live in an area where the climate seldom restricts us from outdoor activities. While the summer temperature can get hot and sometimes humid, we seldom have to face a freezing winter. Should a little rain keep us from enjoying the outdoors?
Those of us working in the dental field can experience stressful workdays. Many people fear visiting a dental office. Therefore, if we can think of healthful ways to alleviate stress for ourselves, we could suggest something for our patient to do when they arrive home from their appointment.
Occasionally time spent in the outdoors can do wonders. Here are some ways to work more outside time into your day:
- a short walk while enjoying nature around us
- a bike ride
- eat outdoors if convenient and possible
- take the dog for a walk
- pick a bouquet of flowers if available
- simply taking in breaths of fresh air
- surrounding your home with indoor plants can also boost your mood
- Medical researchers found that a “forest environment” can lead to larger reductions in blood pressure and certain stress hormones.
While exercising outdoors, you want to remember to stay hydrated.
Tips to protect your teeth during regular exercise:
Mouth breathing can dry your mouth and increase risks for dental caries. Nasal breathing can protect your teeth and has more physiological advantages. For example, your nose and sinus membranes produce nitric oxide when you breathe through your nose, which increases your lungs oxygen absorption capacity and helps lower blood pressure.
Electrolyte replacement can be necessary during a workout. However, there are alternative ways to rehydrate than sipping on sports drinks which contain some ingredients that your body doesn’t need to refuel. Some better natural drink options are:
- Natural coconut water - Natural coconut water with no additives is a healthy choice. Not only is it very hydrating, it also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps balance glucose and insulin levels.
- Water - Bottled water or even tap water is a great drink to keep yourself hydrated during physical activities. You could add a splash of lemon or a pinch of unprocessed salt to get more minerals, add a little flavor, and replenish electrolytes.
As long as you are aware of how exercise impacts dental health, you can avoid risk factors and stay motivated to keep your whole body happy and healthy.