Exercising Will Strengthen Your Dental Health!

There is no question that exercising regularly along with maintaining a balanced diet are essential components to a healthy lifestyle.  In fact, research has shown that exercise can ward off disorders like heart disease, depression, colon cancer, osteoporosis, hypertension, high cholesterol, and many others.  For most healthy adults, The Department of Health and Human Services recommends both aerobic activity and strength training.  More specifically, they suggest at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (like brisk walking or mowing the lawn) spread out over the course of a week.   Generally, 30 minutes of physical activity every day can be beneficial.  Fewer people, however, are aware of the positive effects exercise can have on your oral health.

A study conducted at the King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia focused on the relationship between physical activity and periodontitis among American subjects.  The results of the study showed that American subjects who participated in the recommended level of physical activity had a significantly lower prevalence of periodontitis.  Interestingly, the positive effect of exercise on periodontitis prevalence was greater for former smokers than smokers.

Another way exercise can help your smile is by strengthening your teeth.  Being active is proven to improve digestion and helps your body more effectively utilize the different vitamins and minerals in the foods you eat.  For instance, the vitamin D and calcium found in cheese and milk are vital for teeth strengthening and good oral health.

Here are some tips to begin incorporating more physical activity into your daily routine:

  • Park and walk! – Instead of vying for a parking space in the front, try parking as far as you can to your destination.  The extra steps during the day will add up over time and make a big difference.
  • Take “walk breaks” – Next time you have a lunch or coffee break, take a walk outside instead of sitting at a table.
  • Choose the stairs – Try forgoing all escalators and elevators during your morning commute and take the stairs instead.
  • Turn chores into exercises – Offer to mow the lawn, sneak in some squats while you pick up things off the floor, tighten your abs and maintain proper posture while you wash the dishes.

Make sure to stay well hydrated throughout any exercise regimen!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071or to set up an appointment and consultation.


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