Exercise for Healthier Teeth and Gums

As we begin the second month of the new year, it’s a good time for a reality check on your well-intentioned resolution to exercise more in 2014. If you’re having trouble getting motivated, there’s an added benefit that just might give you the incentive to get moving.

Walkers3We all know that even a little bit of regular exercise—two to three times per week—can make a big difference in the way we look and feel. Well, research now shows that exercise can also contribute to good oral health.

Scientists at Case Western Reserve University examined data from a national health and nutrition survey and determined that people who engaged in just one health-enhancing behavior (maintaining normal weight, following a high-quality diet or engaging in regular exercise) were 16 percent less likely to develop periodontitis than those who did not. People who engaged in two of these behaviors reduced their risk by 29 percent. And the ones who maintained a normal weight, ate a good diet and engaged in regular exercise were 40 percent less likely to have the serious gum disease.

A second study using the same survey results narrowed in on 2,500 people who reported that their level of physical activity and exercise had remained about the same over a ten-year period. This study found that subjects who vigorously exercised three times per week or more had a 50 percent reduced risk of periodontitis, compared with subjects who didn’t exercise at all.

Researchers from the University of Florida found that study participants who maintained a healthy weight and exercised regularly were less likely to develop gum disease, regardless of oral care habits.

Maintaining a healthy weight and staying in shape through exercise can help lower the amount of systemic inflammation we have as individuals, which many researchers believe may either cause or aggravate periodontal disease.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Troy and Birmingham area who utilizes the latest dental techniques and technology, be sure to check out Dr. Douglas Angell. Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. Give our office a call at (248) 362-4330 and be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.

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