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The connection between exercise and oral health

Throughout our lives, we learn that working out, staying fit, and playing sports are important for maintaining good health. However, did you know exercise has a positive affect on your oral health too?

Exercise has numerous benefits that have been well-documented, including reducing the risk of heart disease, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Research has shown that regular physical activity can also improve oral health. For example, a study published in the Journal of Dentistry found that people who exercise regularly are 54% less likely to develop periodontitis than those who lead sedentary lifestyles. Additionally, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed that even exercising three times a week or less can lower the risk of periodontitis by 33%. Taking care of your teeth will also benefit your heart health. Frequent brushing has been linked to a lower risk of atrial fibrillation and heart failure. One reason for this could be that brushing reduces the amount of bacteria in the pockets between teeth and gums, keeping bacteria away from the bloodstream.

Maintaining a healthy body mass index (BMI) is also linked to better oral health. Another study published in the Journal of Periodontology found that people who maintain a healthy weight and get the recommended amount of exercise are 40% less likely to have periodontitis. Avoiding refined sugars and choosing a diet rich in fiber, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats can also play a role in promoting oral health.

According to Matthew Mckeown, Personal Trainer and Co-Owner at Highland Fitness and Wellness, and our local business neighbour in Highland Creek, “it is recommended that children and adolescents engage in physical activity for a minimum of 60 minutes daily, incorporating both moderate and vigorous activities that strengthen muscles and bones. Adults are advised to achieve 150 minutes of moderate activity per week and perform strength training twice a week, while older adults should engage in similar activities with a focus on balance improvement. However, it is crucial to get evaluated by a professional before starting to ensure that your exercise routines align with your health conditions and objectives.”

Take care of your overall health by maintaining great oral care and booking your appointment at By The Lake Dental and stopping by Highland Fitness and Wellness for a personalized exercise training plan.

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