Developing a regular exercise routine is something that many Americans learn at an early age. Some kids begin playing on sports teams before they’re even in school, and continue their athletics throughout high school and well into adulthood. A gifted volleyball player, Maddi decided to take her training to the next level when she got to college.
From Olympians to college athletes, certain choices made within a common fitness routine can put their oral health at risk. Although Maddi felt that she did everything right, some of the decisions she made ended up leading to cavities. See if you can spot the choices that jeopardized Maddi’s smile and ask Drs. Powers and Powers any questions you have about your own oral health.
Almost Perfect – Maddi Trains Hard for College Volleyball
To say that life came easily for Maddi would be a mistake – it’s more that she was always ready to meet the challenges in front of her. From straight A’s in school to leading her volleyball team to the state championships during two of her four years in high school, Maddi was basically unstoppable. Although she loved where she grew up in San Mateo, Maddi decided to go out of state for college, and she had her sights set on making the varsity team in her first year.
Maddi was no stranger to hard training, but with a new, giant facility at her disposal and a much bigger goal than she’d ever had, she was prepared to take her training to new heights. Before setting foot in the gym, Maddi took an hour to prepare by doing some online shopping. She bought supplements, a new shaker bottle, and a best-selling brand of protein powder. Maddi planned to use every advantage to make it onto her prestigious volleyball team as a freshman.
A few weeks into her training, Maddi felt like she was crushing her workouts, and performing better than ever. Maddi had a fashionable pink and black gym bag to hold her snacks and supplements and she brought it to every workout. For 90 minutes, five days a week, Maddi showed up and gave her all at the gym. She ended every workout completely exhausted, and that’s when she liked to refuel with her Luna protein bars and popular brand of protein powder.
Six weeks into her intense training, Maddi was starting to see muscles in places she didn’t even know she had them. She had tunnel vision and was working hard towards her goal, but something was remiss. Although she’d dismissed her post-workout toothaches in the past, she couldn’t help but notice they were getting more severe. Plus, she was noticing them outside the gym for the first time. Fearing that her plans were in jeopardy, Maddi visited San Mateo Dental Office to assess the problem.
Dry Mouth + Sugary Snacks = A Perfect Storm for Cavities
Research Your Protein Products to avoid Excess Sugar
The first mistake Maddi made occurred during her online shopping session. While Maddi knew that protein powder would help her fitness progress, her mistake was choosing a brand that looked like it tasted good and sold well rather than doing legitimate research. The same is true for her choice of protein bar – her favorite Luna bars, which taste great, have more sugar than many other protein bars that are sweetened from sources like monk fruit.
Exhaustion Causes Dry Mouth Which Depletes Your Saliva
The sugary protein bars and powder she chose were made worse because she consumed it all at the end of her workout when her mouth was dry. While her body and muscles benefited from replenishing these macronutrients after a tough workout, the combination of sugary snacks and no saliva to reduce the damage proved to be disastrous for Maddi’s oral health.
Thorough Research Can Help Your Smile Shine Bright
Everyone has to eat each day, and the dietary decisions we make can have a huge influence on our oral health. By simply looking for high-quality ingredients and ensuring that our foods aren’t loaded with sugars or contaminants, we set our gums and teeth up for success. In the event that you get a toothache or are ready for your next dental exam, contact Drs. Jeff or Diana Powers to schedule your next appointment.