Can Regular Exercise Improve Your Oral Health?

In previous articles, we’ve discussed the connection between your oral health and your overall wellbeing. This oral-systemic connection describes the connection between poor oral health (i.e. gum disease) and chronic inflammatory systemic diseases (i.e. heart disease). To expand your knowledge of this connection, your Lake Orion family dentist Dr. Greenfield explains how keeping your body healthy can help you maintain your oral health, as well!

Exercise Your Body, Defend Your Mouth

One of the main benefits of a daily exercise routine is that you are in the habit of burning excessive carbohydrates. Refined sugars and fermentable carbohydrates are among the worst offenders for tooth decay. Exercise will not keep carbohydrates out of your mouth, but it will regulate your blood sugar and your body weight. Being overweight is a major risk factor for tooth decay and many other health conditions. Maintaining a normal blood sugar level will also lower your risk of developing diabetes.

Improve Your Circulation

Daily exercise can help to reduce your body’s inflammation response. Swollen, inflamed, and irritated gums are at greater risk of developing gum disease. The bacteria that infect the gums can more easily enter the bloodstream through the inflamed tissue and cause inflammation of blood vessels and arteries. Cardiovascular workouts help improve your blood circulation, even to your mouth. Healthy blood circulation to your gums can help fortify them against infection and disease.

Drink plenty of water during your workout. Water keeps you and your mouth hydrated. A dry mouth is ideal for the onset of tooth decay. To learn more about improving your oral and overall health, or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Greenfield at Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, Michigan, at (248) 693-6213. We welcome patients from Lake Orion, Oxford, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, and the surrounding communities.