Exercise – Another Step to Prevent Gum Disease

You follow the American Dentist Association’s guidelines of brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, rinsing between meals, and visiting your dentist semi-annually for a thorough cleaning and checkup. What more can you do to help prevent periodontal disease?

Exercise!

A study published in the Journal of Periodontology revealed that increased exercise can benefit your teeth and gums. Researchers from the University of Florida measured the body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage, and maximal oxygen consumption in a group of volunteers and reviewed each participant’s oral health and care.

The team of researchers then used the measurements to calculate each participant’s exercise capabilities and weight control.

Researchers determined that the group members who exercised regularly and maintained a healthy weight were less likely to develop periodontal disease, regardless of their oral care habits.

“Since gum disease is related to other diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, there is even more reason to take care of yourself through diet and exercise,” stated Samuel Low, Associate Dean at the school’s College of Dentistry. “Weight management and physical fitness both contribute to overall health, and now we believe staying in shape may help lower your risk of developing gum disease.”

Dr. Low also recommends to continue to follow the American Dental Association’s guidelines.

Because periodontal disease is a main cause of tooth loss in American adults, you should take every step to prevent it. If you are concerned with gum disease, or it’s time for your semi-annual dental visit, contact Dr. Aziza Askari of Comfort Dental Spa in Farmington Hills, MI at (248)474-6434. Dr. Askari believes in the important role good overall health plays on oral health. Comfort Dental Spa serves residents of Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, and surrounding areas.