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Have you ever thought about eating healthier or exercising more? Is your main goal simply losing a few pounds or getting in better shape? Of course, these are worthwhile goals with a number of benefits. However, did you know that exercising can actually help your oral health as well as your overall health?

Periodontal disease—which is also known as gum disease—is an inflammation of your gums that can become worse over time if not addressed. If you don’t remove plaque and tartar by brushing and flossing consistently, your gums can become more irritated and inflamed. Eventually your gums could even separate from your teeth.

Along with brushing and flossing, exercising regularly can actually reduce your chances of getting periodontal disease. In fact, studies have shown that individuals who exercise regularly and who avoid smoking are about 50% less likely to get gum disease. Avoiding gum disease is extremely important because individuals who have gum disease are also more vulnerable to heart disease, respiratory problems, and diabetes. Exercising can help you avoid gum disease, which in turn helps you protect your oral health.

If you would like to learn more about how exercising can benefit your oral health or about periodontal disease, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at 508.499.3566. Dr. Rafla and the rest of our team will be happy to answer any questions you have. We’re eager to hear from you soon.