Exercise and its connection to oral health

Regular exercise helps strengthen our muscles, improve cardiovascular health, and boost our mood and overall health. But did you know that staying active can also positively impact oral health?

Here, we’ll delve into the many connections between exercise and maintaining a healthy smile.

Improved circulation
Exercise promotes better circulation, so oxygen-rich blood is delivered more efficiently to the entire body, including gums and teeth. This improved blood flow helps combat the toxins and bacteria that contribute to gum disease.

Enhanced immune function
Regular exercise boosts the immune system, helping the body defend itself against infections and diseases. This extends to oral health, where a strong immune system plays a crucial role in fighting off oral infections and maintaining the balance of bacteria in the mouth.

Stress reduction
Exercise is a natural stress reliever, helping to reduce anxiety and tension. Chronic stress has been linked to an increased risk of gum disease and other oral health problems. By managing stress through regular physical activity, individuals may experience improved oral health outcomes and lower incidences of conditions like bruxism (teeth grinding).

Healthy lifestyle habits
Regular exercise is often part of an overall healthy lifestyle including nutritious eating habits and avoiding harmful behaviors such as smoking. A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins provides essential nutrients that support oral health while avoiding tobacco products helps prevent gum disease and oral cancer.

Speaking of habits, if it’s been a while since you’ve visited the dentist, call Jackson Dental at (573) 243-5200 or visit us at 3100 E on Jackson Blvd to book an appointment.