Being Active Benefits Your Oral Health
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. It is often caused by poor oral hygiene which allows for plaque to build up on teeth and harden. Some symptoms of gum disease include bad breath, red and swollen gums, tender or bleeding gums, painful chewing. Gum disease has also been linked to more serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Did you know that exercise reduces your risk of gum disease?
Colgate found that regular exercise reduces the risk of gum disease; the study showed that non-smokers who exercised regularly were 54% less likely to have gum disease than non-smokers who did not live an active lifestyle. The journal’s research found that exercise reduces inflammation in your body, including in your gums. The Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that adults who followed government recommendations for physical activity were less likely to have periodontal disease.
According to a study done by Colgate, nonsmokers or former smokers who exercised moderately five days per week, or vigorously three times per week for at least 10 years showed a significantly lower risk for periodontal disease. Nonsmokers had a 55% lower risk and former smokers had a 75% lower risk.
How Does Staying Active Help Your Teeth?
Regular exercise improves your digestive system by getting your blood pumping and creating more effective bowel movements. Due to the improved digestive system, your body’s tissues are able to resist infection, especially inside of the mouth. The digested vitamins and minerals from the food you eat are an essential part of strengthening and protecting your teeth, which allows for better overall health as well as dental health.
Do you know about the serious health issues that can occur with poor oral hygiene?
It is essential to practice good oral hygiene and see a dentist regularly in order to avoid serious risk to your body’s overall health. Failure to exercise regularly can lead to serious health complications such as obesity. Typically, people with a lower Body Mass Index have better oral health and fewer overall health issues.
You can keep your gums and teeth healthy by:
1) Exercising regularly
2) Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes
3) Flossing regularly to remove plaque from between teeth
4) Use a toothpaste and mouthwash that contain fluoride
5) Visiting a dentist routinely for a check-up and professional cleaning
6) Limit sugary foods and drinks like candy and soda
7) Eat a well-balanced diet with food and drinks that strengthen your teeth
With health issues affecting not just your overall health, but your dental health, it is absolutely essential to take care of your body and your teeth by exercising regularly. Be sure to drink plenty of water during any exercise, being properly hydrated is key to good health, including dental health.
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Article updated 11/12/18