When you think of the benefits of exercising, what’s the first thing that came to mind? If you thought about having a healthy body or healthy heart, you aren’t alone. Aside from maintaining a healthy weight, these are some of the most common benefits. But did you know that exercising can benefit your teeth and could even help you fight off gum disease?
You’ve probably heard that leading an active health style is great for your heart and your body, but did you know that exercise can also benefit your teeth–especially if you stay hydrated.
Did you know that the health of your body and your oral health are related? You see, if you have gum disease, your gums will be inflamed and allow the harmful bacteria to enter your bloodstream. From there, you may have to deal with complications such as heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.
Conversely, studies have shown that people who exercise regularly are about 50% less likely to have gum disease than those who don’t. Even occasional exercise can reduce your odds of having gum disease by 30%. Similarly, exercise will help you maintain a healthy weight, which can reduce your risk of getting gum disease.
However, there are a few issues you should know about. Please remember to keep yourself hydrated. You see, if you’re dehydrated, you could have to deal with dry mouth, which actually makes you more likely to have gum disease, bad breath, and discomfort. Finally, it is important to note that individuals who smoke won’t enjoy the same benefits from exercise.
If you have questions about where to start, please feel free to contact Smiles Dental at 541.673.3552. Dr. J. Lee Sharp, Dr. Quinn Martin, and our team look forward to hearing from you soon.