The Downside To Running They Don’t Tell You About

“Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning,” writes Harvard psychiatrist John Ratey. Americans are all too familiar with the many health benefits of exercise, but is that the whole story? Certain types of exercise are much more likely to take a lasting toll on your body — and in some surprising ways. Running is one of the top culprits. What are some of the lesser known side effects of running?

runners mouth dentistWhat Is Dead Butt Syndrome?

“Pain in the butt, or ‘dead butt syndrome,’ refers to the formally named condition gluteus medius tendinosis, which is an inflammation of the tendons in your rear,” Everyday Health explains. Combat Dead Butt Syndrome by carefully stretching before you run, and — if you are experiencing severe symptoms — decrease your mileage and talk to a doctor.

Runner’s Mouth: It’s Not Pretty

Bad news, runners! A new study published in The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports shows runners and endurance sports athletes suffer from runner’s mouth — and (although it is a problem) that doesn’t indicate dry mouth alone. Runners are also much more likely to have cavities and even eventually lose their teeth. What gives? Breathing heavily reduces the saliva in runner’s mouths, making it an ideal environment for bacteria to grow. Runners also pound sports drinks with high concentrations of sugar as well as citric and phosphoric acid. This combination will destroy your teeth. The acids wear away tooth enamel while the sugar causes cavities and tooth decay, top cosmetic dentists explain.

Endurance athletes should be hyper-aware of their dental and oral hygiene, but they should also know that correcting the problem retroactively — after many years of running — is more than possible. Currently, at least 15 million people look into cosmetic dentistry costs and take advantage of affordable cosmetic dentistry, and have crowns or bridges in place of missing teeth. More Americans (three million and growing!) are getting more permanent dental implants to replace missing teeth. Dental implants have a 98% success rate and can even last a lifetime with meticulous care.

If you are a runner, chances are you may have to work cosmetic dentistry costs into your future budget. Keep pains and tooth loss at a minimum by stretching before runs and always carefully flossing and brushing teeth.