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Your brain, teeth, and other parts of your body are more interconnected than you may realize. In fact, they are so interconnected that when you exercise, you not only increase your physical and mental health but your dental health. Here’s how it works:

According to a study published in the Journal of Dentistry in 2005, regular exercise can actually lower the risk of gum disease. Those who work out regularly are 54% less likely to have gum disease when compared to those who don’t exercise. Likewise, maintaining a healthy BMI is beneficial to your oral health. Conversely, health issues like hypertension and diabetes are linked to poor oral health.

On the other hand, it’s helpful to be aware of some common exercise practices that may hurt your oral health. Many sports drinks are high in sugar, which is bad for your teeth. Drink bottled water, tap water or coconut water instead. If you have a tendency to breathe out of your mouth while exercising, you risk drying it out, preventing saliva from washing away bad bacteria. Try nasal breathing instead. This doesn’t just help your oral health; sinus membranes produce nitric oxide, which increases your lungs’ absorption capacity and lowers your lung pressure.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of exercise in Boise, Idaho, we invite you to give Dayley Family Dental a call at 208-321-1141. Our dentist, Dr. Blake Dayley, and our team will gladly inspect your teeth and offer you personalized advice. We’re eager to hear from you.