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Why Exercise is Good for Your Oral Health

Posted on 1/25/2021 by Dr. Wendy Spektor
Why Exercise is Good for Your Oral HealthDaily exercise is important for various reasons. It helps keep your body healthy and prevents obesity, diabetes, and other heart problems. But did you know that exercise can be equally good for your teeth and overall oral health as well? Keep reading to find out more.

A Healthy Body Means Healthy Teeth

Your body is all connected and that's why any problem elsewhere in the body can affect your teeth and vice versa. Moreover, that is also why regular exercising can be good for your teeth. It can help keep your blood sugar in control and maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI).

All this leads to healthy and strong teeth which can better withstand dental diseases. According to one study from the Journal of Dentistry, regular physical exercise can significantly enhance dental health as the study showed people who regularly exercise had a more than 50% lower likelihood of contracting periodontal diseases.

Similarly, even those who only exercised thrice a week or less had a 33% less chance of developing periodontal diseases.

The Other Side

As with all things, moderation is the key. Too much exercise can sometimes be bad for the teeth as well. However, this has more to do with how you exercise rather than how much you exercise.

Usually, people who spend excessive time exercising tend to consume energy drinks and breathe through their mouth. These habits are quite harmful for your teeth. The energy drinks are loaded with sugar, which is bad for the gums and teeth.

Moreover, breathing through the mouth can dry out saliva and lead to the growth of dangerous bacteria. So, as long as you avoid those sugary energy drinks and breathe through the nose, you're good to go.

Maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle can reap great benefits for your body and teeth. That's why it's not just enough to brush and floss daily. You also need to have a good diet, do regular exercise and avoid habits like smoking. Contact and at Spektor Dental for expert consultation and treatments.

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