Exercise and Oral Health

You know exercise is good for you. It provides many health benefits. Some of those benefits include, lowering your blood pressure, strengthening your heart, losing weight, controlling your glucose levels, and boosting your mood. What you probably didn’t you know is that exercise is also good for your oral health. In today’s blog your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest discusses exercise and oral health.  

Why Exercise Improves Oral Health

It is a lot easier to not exercise than it is to exercise, but it is a lot healthier to exercise than not. You know that exercising helps release stress, increases self-esteem, and improves digestion, mental clarity and brain power. Exercise also reduces inflammation which can benefit your oral health, and also helps your body utilize vitamins and minerals essential to your dental health. During a recent study regarding exercise and oral health, researchers found that participants who maintained a healthy weight by exercising regularly were 40 percent less likely to develop periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease caused by the irritation of the gingival tissue by oral pathogenic bacteria. Not only is it the leading cause of tooth loss, but it may cause or exacerbate several other chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.

The Secret to Success

The secret to exercising regularly for many people is the buddy system. Having someone to work out with makes a big difference. It passes the time quickly and makes it into a social activity rather than a chore. Find something that you and a friend or partner enjoy doing and have fun doing it. Of course your oral health depends on not only your hygiene, sugar consumption, exercise, and water intake but also your genetic factors.

Learn more about the connection between exercise and oral health

Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is a former adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.