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Are you concerned with the health of your teeth? Do you brush for two minutes at a time twice a day? Do you make a point of flossing daily and visit a dentist at least twice a year for a routine cleaning? If so, good for you—but we have something else you can try. In fact, did you know that exercise can help your oral health as well as your overall health?

For example, exercising regularly can even decrease your risk of getting periodontal disease—which is commonly referred to as gum disease. In fact, individuals who have a regular exercise regime are 30% less likely to have gum disease. Incidentally, if you exercise and refrain from smoking, you can reduce your odds of having periodontal disease by up to 50%. Other studies have shown that keeping your BMI (body mass index) low can also help protect your oral health. Practicing sound oral care, eating well, and scheduling regular dental checkups can all keep periodontal disease at bay.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete or a marathon runner to enjoy the benefits of exercise. In fact, even walking for 30 minutes a day a few times a week will help. We recommend finding exercises you enjoy. If you do, you’ll be more likely to work out more often. If you have other health issues, you may need to speak with your dentist before deciding on an exercise for you. They may recommend low impact exercises such as yoga, swimming, or walking. While this will help you with your oral health, it will also help your overall health.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Always Dental Care at 484.392.7687. Dr. Truong Nguyen and our team look forward to hearing from you soon.