Everyone knows that an important part of keeping your body healthy is regular exercise. It may surprise you to learn, however, that exercise can have and impact on your oral health as well.
The Connection Between Oral Health and Exercise
Gum disease, caused by by bacteria buildup in the mouth that leads to inflammation and bleeding of the gums, is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Protecting yourself against it is a huge part of oral healthcare. A study in The British Dental Journal showed that regular exercise can reduce the risk of gum disease. In this study, a group of non-smokers who exercised regularly were found to be 54% less likely to develop gum disease than the group of non-smokers who did not exercise.
How does exercise impact gum health?
Because exercise helps reduce inflammation in your body it can reduce inflammation in your gums, too. Since gum disease has been linked to other serious health issues such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, it makes it even more important to take care of your body.
If you find yourself struggling with your oral health despite brushing and flossing regularly, exercise could be the key to maintaining nor only your oral health – but your overall health as well!
Don’t forget to visit your dentist regularly.
As always, brushing and flossing every day is essential to your oral health. Additionally, you should always maintain a regular schedule of seeing your dentist. Be proactive about your oral health – schedule an appointment today for an oral check up with Gresham Family Dentistry. At Gresham Family Dentistry our first priority is your comfort. We take pride in protecting the oral health of Gresham families. We offer a variety of dental services including teeth cleaning, oral surgeries, child dentistry, and more at Gresham Family Dentistry. Contact us or call 503-661-2600 to schedule your appointment.
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