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Thursday, May 24, 2012

5 Ways Exercise Can Improve Dental Health

More benefits of exercise! Read up and enjoy this fabulous article by Janet!

The health of your teeth and gums is directly linked to your overall health. The link is a two way street because people who have healthy habits tend to have good dental hygiene habits and people with a healthy lifestyle have an easier time maintaining a healthy mouth. A healthy diet is essential for a healthy mouth, but what most people do not think about is how important a role exercise plays in oral hygiene.

Burn off excessive carbohydrates
Sugar and refined carbohydrates are responsible for a great deal of the tooth decay we see today. While it is true that exercise does not keep the carbohydrates out of your mouth, it does help keep blood sugar in check. This can also keep you at a healthy weight. Being overweight is a known risk factor for tooth decay.

Reduce inflammation
Exercising is a good way to reduce the body’s inflammation response. Keeping the inflammation response in check can help reduce periodontal disease. 

Help the body use vitamins and minerals more effectively
Exercise helps the body digest and use food more efficiently. Your body will be able to better absorb the vitamins and minerals you need for a healthy mouth. 

Prevent Diabetes
Diabetes is another known risk factor for oral diseases. Regular exercise can prevent and even help reverse diabetes. 

Improve circulation
Exercising helps make your cardiovascular system healthier. Better circulation overall means better circulation to your mouth. This will help your mouth stay healthy and help stop tooth decay.
It is important to realize that exercise should be part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Exercise should be part of a regimen that includes regular exercise, healthy diet and regular oral hygiene care. Diet is as important as exercise. While exercising can help burn off extra carbohydrates, it is even more helpful to fewer carbohydrates. This is especially true of refined carbs and sugar.

When you eat grain you should be eating whole grains that are high in fiber. At least half of the grains you eat should be whole, but it is even better if you stick to all high fiber, whole grains. You can kick the health benefits up a notch by limiting yourself to 2-3 servings of grains per day. The rest of your carbohydrates and fiber should come from fruits and vegetables. 

Vegetables contain a high amount of fiber for a low amount of carbohydrates and low amount of sugar. Fruit is good as well, and is even better if you choose low sugar fruits. The best choices are melons and berries. Melons and berries provide you with a great deal of nutrition for low amounts of sugar. Once you stop eating sugary snacks you will find that these fruits can satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising your oral health. 

Maintaining a healthy weight is important for oral health. Exercising daily is important to help maintain weight, but if you need to lose weight to get to a healthy weight then you need to reduce your calorie intake. Substituting vegetables and fruits for starches can help you a great deal with just this one change. Other healthy steps include drinking water and measuring foods.

It is easy to overeat when you do not measure your food. Buying a food scale and a set of measuring cups in inexpensive and can help you properly measure your food intake. Measure everything you eat and track those numbers with a computer program or even a notebook. 

Drinking water is important. Not only does water not rot your teeth the way sugary drinks do, it also keeps your mouth moist. A dry mouth is a perfect place for tooth decay, so keeping it moist with water can prevent oral problems. Drinking plenty of water keeps you hydrated and this is especially important if you are exercising. 

Oral care is essential to improving dental health. In addition to exercising daily you should be brushing twice a day. Brushing after meals and snacks is better. You should be flossing once a day as well. Regular dental visits are important too. You should be seeing your dentist every 6 months.
There you have it. Exercise is important for your health and the health of your mouth. There are several benefits to regular exercise that have a direct impact on your teeth, gums and mouth. Make exercise a non-negotiable part of your day and you will start to see benefits in your body and your mouth as well. Take care of your body and your body will take care of you. 

Janet Lynch loves to write about all things fitness and health. She works with the newest diet food delivery service where she helps people formulate and then accomplish their weight loss goals.


  1. Great tips and suggestions. We don't realize just how far reaching the effects of those extra pounds. We certainly wouldn't expect them to affect oral health.
    Thanks for the information.

  2. Great article! Definitely given me some food for thought! Thanks!

  3. Exercise and oral health are two areas that are important to people, so it's doubly beneficial that exercising also helps you maintain good oral health. But it does not necessarily mean that exercise is enough. Of course, you have to take care of your teeth as much as possible.

  4. Healthy and beautiful teeth makes a person beautiful.

  5. True! Exercise can help in lowering all the dental problems.

  6. Do you have sources for the reasons?

    1. Great question, Hailey! Contact the guest author, Janet Lynch, for her sources. Thanks! Her website is listed above.

  7. This is super information! I would have never thought of exercising as beneficial to dental health, but wow, now I get it!


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