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Exercise Resolutions & Your Smile [BLOG]

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Have you made any New Year’s resolutions to get healthier?

Maybe you’ve made some changes to your daily diet and perhaps even joined a local gym.

Our team at Family Dental Of Spokane Valley applauds your dedication to good health!

That’s why we’re showing our support with today’s blog about how exercise may impact your smile.

When you work out, you know it’s important to increase your water intake to prevent dehydration. Today, we’re sharing more insight into what the current research suggests about why this aspect of health is so important.

Emerging Facts About Exercise & Oral Health

The connection between your oral and overall health is clear. Recent studies over the last few years show an undeniable relationship between the bacterial infection you get with periodontal disease and a host of systemic problems with overall health.

What’s emerging in the last decade is research that explores specific lifestyle habits dealing with exercise and how it relates to your teeth and gums.

We still need to know more, but initial research suggests that a healthy level of exercise correlates with better periodontal health and an overall lower risk for oral infection.

Does Hitting The Gym Hit Your Smile?

At first glance, it may seem there couldn’t possibly any downsides to exercise as it relates to your smile. But some research suggests otherwise.

One study, for example, released by the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports found that getting too much exercise could have certain negative consequences for your oral health.

It compared two groups of people. One group of participants were highly active, spending a lot of time in the gym doing consistent, intense exercise. The other group of participants had a  more sedentary lifestyle.

The results of the study showed an increased number of active individuals who had weak tooth enamel as a result of dehydration, while the inactive group didn’t.

Although it’s only one study, it further demonstrates the importance of adequate hydration. Saliva is your body’s natural way of protecting tooth enamel from erosion. Without it, you’re at a higher risk for tooth decay and a litany of oral health problems.

Fortunately, at Family Dental Of Spokane Valley, you can get treatment for dry mouth, one of the dental dangers of dehydration.

How It All Works Out

So much has yet to be discovered when it comes to the relationship between physical activity and oral health.

While we don’t yet know enough about the nature of this connection, such as which causes which, it does raise awareness about the broadening effects that your lifestyle has on your smile.

It’s wonderful that you’ve taken the first step toward a healthier, more active life. Just make sure that you don’t go to extremes when it comes to diet and exercise.

As with most things, moderation is key. When you’re able to find balance, everything works in harmony so you can live your best life!

Make An Appointment

We’re always learning about new connections between lifestyle and oral health. It’s one of the things that motivates our team at Family Dental of Spokane Valley to stay on the cutting-edge of science and technology. It helps us help you!

With that in mind, we thought now was the perfect time to talk about exercise. It’s January, and we all know it’s one of the most popular months of the year for the diet and exercise industry. If you’re a regular at the neighborhood gym, you’ve probably already noticed the parking lot is more crowded, and the line is longer for the free weights.

However, if you’ve recently made a commitment to become more active as one of your New Year’s resolutions, it’s important to know the facts.

Staying well-hydrated is a critical part in your oral and overall health. If you start to experience dry mouth as a result of a new exercise routine, be sure to let us help you with treatment that will protect your smile.

To book an appointment with Family Dental of Spokane Valley, fill out our convenient online form or call 509-850-3217.

 

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