When I weightlift, I feel a lot of pressure on my jaw and my molar teeth. I recently had a molar pulled because of a huge cavity far below the gumline, and am starting to feel similar pains in the molar on the other side. Is there anything I can do to protect my teeth and jaw while I do these sorts of strenuous exercises? Or am I doomed to lose all my molars?
Alan in Alberta
While weightlifting can cause pressure on your teeth, and possibly even pain, it won’t cause tooth decay. So no, you aren’t doomed to lose your molars from weightlifting.
I’d suggest taking a look at your eating habits. Do you snack frequently or drink soda frequently? My guess is that’s what you’re doing.
If you eat or drink anything with carbohydrates in it frequently, there is no way to brush your teeth or floss enough to counteract the acid attacks that you are experiencing on your teeth. If you limit yourself to your regular three meals and maybe a couple of snacks, and then brush your teeth at the gumline, you should pretty well eliminate almost all tooth decay.
– Dr. Hall
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