The Connection Between Exercise and Your Teeth

You’ve probably heard that leading an active health style is great for your heart and your body, but did you know that exercise can also benefit your teeth–especially if you stay hydrated.

Did you know that the health of your body and your oral health are related? You see, if you have gum disease, your gums will be inflamed and allow the harmful bacteria to enter your bloodstream. From there, you may have to deal with complications such as heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.

Conversely, studies have shown that people who exercise regularly are about 50% less likely to have gum disease than those who don’t. Even occasional exercise can reduce your odds of having gum disease by 30%. Also, as you know, exercising can help you reach or maintain a healthy body weight. Scientists have discovered that maintaining a healthy weight can also reduce your odds of having gum disease.

However, there are a few issues you should know about. Please remember to keep yourself hydrated. You see, if you’re dehydrated, you could have to deal with dry mouth, which actually makes you more likely to have gum disease, bad breath, and discomfort. Finally, it is important to note that individuals who smoke won’t enjoy the same benefits from exercise.

If you have any more questions about the benefits of exercise and your oral health, we invite you to call Smiles Dental at 253.358.2265. Dr. Dr. Christian Weber and our team look forward to hearing from you soon.