September is Health Awareness Month. That’s why Dr. Le and the rest of Ahwatukee Dentistry want you to know that a large part of your physical wellbeing is strongly connected to good oral health and an effective exercise regime. An active lifestyle reduces inflammation throughout your body.
That should come as no big surprise when you consider how downright amazing and complicated our bodies are. They’re complicated living machines in which hundreds of systems work together to function as a whole.
If you exercise regularly, keep at it! But if you have yet to start a consistent fitness routine, then it’s time to start. Whether it be walking, jogging, running, resistance training, aerobics, Pilates, yoga, playing a sport or a combination thereof, a steady workout schedule will lower your risk of gum disease.
Gum disease is an infection of the oral tissues that hold your teeth in place. Trust us when we say that you don’t want it! If that weren’t enough, gum disease has also been associated with more critical health problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Respiratory infections and cardiovascular disease are the most common maladies linked to weak oral health. A recent study showed that non-smokers who exercise regularly are 54 percent less apt to have gum disease than non-smokers who don’t exercise regularly.
The correlations between staying active and good dental health don’t stop there. A consistently vigorous lifestyle enhances your digestive system by keeping your blood moving along, which helps your bowels evacuate more efficiently. A strong digestive system helps your body stave off infections, particularly in your mouth. A robust gastrointestinal tract is superb at absorbing minerals and vitamins. The nutrients play a crucial role in strengthening and protecting your teeth, which provides enhanced overall health as well as oral health.
Now you know how important exercise and your body’s overall wellbeing are to excellent oral hygiene. Dr. Le and the rest of the staff at Ahwatukee Dentistry politely and respectfully suggest that if you don’t already follow a fitness routine, then you should get up, get out and start one. You’ll be glad you did!
By Ahwatukee Dentistry, PLLC
September 29, 2021
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