Pitfall #1: Sugar Rushing
When you’re running or exercising, you need fuel, right? And what better way to get fuel on the go than with a quick burst of sugar? That may be good for your speed, but it may not be good for your teeth.
When you eat sugar, it doesn’t just fuel you, it fuels the bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria produce acids that eat away at the enamel of your teeth, causing cavities.
You don’t have to give up sugar-based fuels altogether, but be smarter with them. First, switch from hard and sticky forms to things that dissolve quickly and easily. These are better anyway, right? Then follow-up with a drink of water. The faster you rinse your mouth of all the sugary residue, the less damage will be done. Besides, this means that those sneaky bacteria won’t be stealing your fuel!