If you hit the gym most mornings or go for a jog on the weekends, you probably already know how important it is to stay fit and maintain an active lifestyle; after all, it’ll help you lead a long and healthy life! But did you know that this habit also benefits your oral health by preventing problems like gum disease—which also affects your overall health? Here’s more from your dentist about how regular exercise can promote a healthy smile, along with some general tips for staying hale and hearty.
The Curious Connection Between Exercise and Gum Disease
When you’re exercising, you’re benefiting your body in several ways; it helps you keep a slim waistline, a vigorous cardiovascular system, and influences your overall level of happiness. Exercise also improves the functionality of your digestive system; if your digestive tract is working at peak efficiency, you’re able to fully absorb all of the vitamins that you eat. The strength of your immune system is bolstered, and your body becomes more resistant to infections that target your wellness.
One of these potential infections targets your smile: gum disease. Often caused by poor oral hygiene, a few common symptoms include bad breath, swollen gums, bleeding gums, and even pain when chewing. If left untreated, gum disease has the potential to cause serious problems that extend beyond the reach of your mouth, including even diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
However, research shows that people who exercise regularly are roughly 54% less likely to suffer from gum disease, since staying active can reduce inflammation throughout the body, including the inflammation associated with gum disease! Also, it’s worth noting that since exercise assists with weight management, it can even assist with managing sleep apnea symptoms that can potentially impact oral health. The bottom line is that by exercising, you’re providing a unique, added layer of protection to your smile.
Taking Care of Your Body and Smile
There are many things you can do to take care of your body and protect your smile from issues like gum disease. Consider the following tips:
- Exercise a few times a week; do whatever suits you, but some ideas include aerobic exercise, swimming, biking, weightlifting, and even gardening!
- Eat a well-balanced diet with many fruits and veggies, lean proteins, complex carbs, low-fat dairy products, and healthy fats. Try to avoid processed foods with excessive sugars and acids.
- Drink plenty of water; it’s the best beverage for you and your smile!
- Don’t smoke or use tobacco products. Also, consume alcohol in moderation.
- Maintain excellent oral health by brushing your teeth twice daily, in addition to using dental floss and mouthwash. Also, attend your regular dental visits.
About the Practice
The team at Rocky Mountain Periodontal Specialists, L.L.C. proudly serves patients and families in the Colorado Springs area under the skilled leadership of Dr. Geoff Haradon, Dr. Karl Lackler, and Dr. Tyler Haradon. They offer a wide range of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative services that are certain to help you and your loved ones achieve the brightest and healthiest smile possible! If you have any questions about the article or you’re due for a checkup, feel free to contact the practice online or by phone for further assistance: (719) 387-0464.