We all know that exercise is good for us. Exercise is good for your cardiovascular health. It is also good for your mental health as exercising releases endorphins which can help to reduce your stress level. The fact that exercise is good for your overall health is pretty widely known but did you know that exercise can also benefit your oral health?
There have been a number of studies linking exercise with improved oral health. A study published in the Journal of Periodontology found that one’s level of physical activity may lead to healthier teeth and gums. During the clinical trial, researchers from the University of Florida measured the Body Mass Index (BMI), body fat percentage and maximal oxygen consumption in a group of volunteers. These factors were then used to determine each volunteer’s weight control and exercise capabilities. Next, the researchers assessed each volunteer’s oral health. The researchers discovered that individuals who maintained a healthy weight and exercised regularly were less likely to develop gum disease.
This is good news as gum (periodontal) disease is a common problem affecting many adults in America. Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues supporting your teeth. If not treated properly, it can lead to serious dental health problems. In fact, periodontal disease is currently the number one cause of tooth loss in adults in the United States.
This is just another good reason to lace up those running shoes and head out on the trail! Whether it is running, walking, swimming or biking, regular exercise is good for your overall health. So smile and get moving!
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