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Could Regular Exercise Improve Your Oral Health?


Posted on 3/13/2016 by Brandon Cooley
A man excursing to improve his oral health!Regular exercise has been proven to be crucial in maintaining a healthy body and weight. By following an exercise program, you can lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease, and lower your chances of other medical conditions. In addition, new studies have shown that regular exercise could also improve your oral health.

Studies Connect Regular Exercise with Oral Health

There have been a variety of studies completed that looked at how regular exercise affects oral health, and the results are all surprisingly similar:

•  A study published in the Journal of Dentistry followed effects of both exercise and smoking on gum health. The results showed that patients who never smoked and who exercised regularly were around 54% less likely to develop progressive gum disease compared to people who didn't exercise.
•  Published in the Journal of Periodontology, another study showed that periodontal disease risk was lowered in subjects that were more physically fit and at a healthy weight. The study concluded that physical fitness and obesity have an interactive effect on gum health, specifically with inflammation, as physical activity can reduce this.
•  Also found in the Journal of Periodontology, this study followed how diet, exercise, and maintaining a normal weight affected gum disease. The end result was that patients who followed these three major behaviors were 40% less likely to develop progressive gum disease.

These studies show that there is a definite connection between exercise and caring for yourself physically and your oral health. Working out can allow your digestive system to work more efficiently, allowing your body to take advantage of minerals and vitamins that are crucial for dental health more effectively.

Physical fitness can greatly benefit your dental health as well as your overall health, so if you aren't doing so already, consider making regular exercise a regular habit in your life.

Please contact us if you have any questions about exercise and its affect on your oral health.
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