What’s good for general health is good for teeth and gums. Physical exercise affects our muscles, heart, lungs and teeth and gums. When you are going to work out, don’t forget that your mouth is also connected to your body for the all-around benefits of regular exercise.
Increase Physical Activity to Reduce Gum Disease
A study by the Journal of Dentistry concluded that an increase in physical activity most definitely adds to better oral health conditions and a lower risk of periodontal disease. It showed that “never-smokers” who worked out regularly were 54% less likely to develop gum disease. Former smokers who increased physical activity reduced their risk by 74%.
Obesity also factors into the equation. A paper published by the Journal of Periodontology showed that people who had lower BMI (body mass index) were more likely to have a lower risk of periodontal disease.
Health Enhancing Behavior Benefits your Teeth and Gums
Health enhancing behavior is a combination of physical fitness and good oral health behavior. Your dental health deserves to be the best and you can achieve optimum health by caring for your body and your teeth and gums through increased physical activity.
Check with your physician before embarking on a new exercise regimen and call your dentist for a complete and thorough examination of your teeth and gums.
“The greatest wealth, is health.” – Virgil
Submitted by John Douthitt, Mission Fitness