Exercise and Gum Disease

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%. Similarly, exercise will help you maintain a healthy weight, which can reduce your risk of getting gum disease.

Still, the connection between exercising and your teeth isn’t always positive. You see, many athletes suffer from dry mouth. This is extremely problematic because if you have dry mouth, you may not have enough saliva in your mouth. Without saliva, you’re actually more likely to have gum disease. Similarly, those with dry mouth could have bad breath and may experience discomfort. Finally, it is important to note that individuals who smoke won’t enjoy the same benefits from exercise.

If you have questions about where to start, please feel free to contact Smiles Dental at 509.850.3050. Dr. Michelle Metcalf and our team look forward to hearing from you soon.