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Century Dental
Phone: (971) 708-1608
2831 SW Cornelius Pass Rd.
Hillsboro OR 97123
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Jeff R. Call, DMD, FAGD, FICOI
Dix C. Densley, DDS, FAGD, FICOI

Is Your Endurance Training Affecting Your Dental Health?


Posted on 3/17/2016 by Dr. Call
A group of endurance training joggers.If you are an endurance athlete, you may have experienced problems with your teeth throughout the training.

Good oral health is important for both your overall health and your athletic performance, but unfortunately, many people take their teeth for granted. Find out how your training regimen might be impacting your oral health and what you can do about it.

Endurance Training and Dental Erosion


Endurance athletes tend to have an increased risk for enamel erosion than other people for two main reasons:

•  Heavy mouth breathing. During endurance training, you will likely breathe quite heavily out of your mouth. This can reduce the flow of saliva, giving bacteria more opportunity to breed. In fact, a study published in a 2014 edition of The Scandinavian Journal of Sports Medicine showed that triathletes had greater tooth enamel erosion than the control group, and these athletes also had significantly lower saliva levels with increased pH during exercise. The longer that an athlete spent training, the greater the instances of cavities, tartar, plaque, and erosion became.
•  Sugary sports drinks. While heavy mouth breathing was one of the top causes of dental problems in endurance athletes, frequently drinking sports drinks also proved to be a problem. Most sports drinks are high in sugar and citric acid, both of which can cause the tooth enamel to erode. When the enamel is compromised, the tooth will be more susceptible to the buildup of bacteria that can lead to gum disease, cavities, inflammation, and infection.

Protect Your Oral Health While Training


There are ways that you can protect and improve your oral health even if you are going through endurance training. Make sure you are brushing and flossing daily and that you visit your dentist 2-3 times per year. Work on breathing through your nose, and choose water over sugary sports drinks.

Additionally, if you have any nagging tooth pain or discomfort, be sure to contact our dental office right away.
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Welcome to Century Dental, where we make your beautiful smile our business! Dr. Densley and Dr. Call have teamed up to create the driving force in the dental industry of the Pacific Northwest. We have put together a team of highly skilled, professional staff.

Hillsboro Family Dentist


We take great pride in creating a comfortable and friendly environment where our patients can have a positive dental experience. Located in Hillsboro, our office is easily accessible as it is right off of Oregon Route 8. We have gone to great lengths to make sure our office is both state-of-the-art and also comfortable and inviting.

Services Offered


Preventive Dentistry

We are passionate about preventing problems before they start. We do so by educating our patients about what positive dental habits they can be forming and having our patients visit us twice a year for exams and cleanings.

Restorative Dentistry

We understand that often, due to circumstances outside of your control, your mouth may need restorative actions taken. That’s why we offer a bevy of restorative procedures to bring your smile back to it’s original luster.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Frequently we hear that the procedures that make the biggest difference in our patient’s smiles are cosmetic in nature. Whitening, veneers and Invisalign® are just a few of the cosmetic procedure we offer!

IV Sedation

For those patients that need more than just oral sedation we offer what is often called “sleep sedation”. If anxiety is an issue or if the procedure calls for it we can easily place you under full anesthesia to ensure that you rest peacefully through the whole thing.

Dental Implants

If you have lost a tooth or are looking at tooth removal as an option, dental implants are the most highly recommended form of replacement for teeth. Dental implants involve inserting a titanium post into your jaw which will fuse with your bone structure. The post will be topped with a crown made specifically to fit your bite. The result is a form of tooth replacement that looks and acts exactly as your real tooth would. It even prevents bone loss, which is a common side effect of tooth loss.

Dental Technology


We are happy to use a great variety of cutting edge technology in our practice. Digital X-rays are one of our staples in dental tech. Standard X-rays can take time to view and process but with the advent of digital X-rays we can view the inner workings of your mouth almost instantly. We are also able to take higher quality X-rays that allow us to detect things like tooth decay within the tooth, cysts, tumors, and impacted teeth. Further, the radiation you receive from a digital X-ray device is about 1/5th that of a standard X-ray.

We also offer intraoral cameras and ultrasonic scalers. The intraoral cameras aid us in detecting any issues within your mouth that may need further dental attention. Ultrasonic scalers are by far the most effective method for removing built up plaque and tartar that has accumulated on teeth.

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If you have any more questions please feel free to browse our Frequently Asked Questions page or give us a call today at 971-708-1608. We look forward to hearing from you!
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