WE ALL KNOW THAT EXERCISE IS GOOD FOR US. It promotes wellness, prevents sickness, and is said to benefit body, mind, and soul. But did you know that regular exercise is also good for your oral health? Read on…
Exercise Can Reduce Gum Disease Risk
Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums caused by harmful bacteria in our mouths. Regular exercise can reduce inflammation in your body and mouth—which in turn can lower your risk of gum disease. In a Journal of Periodontology study researchers found that individuals who work out regularly and maintain a healthy weight are 40% less likely to develop gum disease.
Because some studies have linked gum disease to cardiovascular disease and diabetes, eating healthy and staying active can also help protect you from more serious conditions.
Exercise Can Strengthen And Protect Your Smile
Working out helps improve digestion and can help your body more effectively use vitamins and minerals that are essential to dental health. If you exercise and eat healthy, your body is better able to use the nutrients in food to strengthen and protect your smile.
Physical fitness can greatly contribute to dental health. It can also improve your mood, help you manage stress and increase brainpower. If you’re not already, we encourage you to make exercising a habit.
3 Tips On How To Make Exercise A Habit
- Do activities you enjoy. You’ll stick with it if it’s something you want to do.
- Commit to another person. Work out with someone else. If that’s not possible, report your own efforts to someone who cares about you.
- Reward yourself. Changing behavior is hard. Give yourself a (healthy) incentive.
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