By now we all know that exercising just 30 minutes a day and eating well-balanced meals can drastically improve our heart, mind, and body. However, recent studies are showing that good fitness and dietary health can also help us generate a brighter smile. Regular exercise and a DASH diet can reduce the risk of oral diseases and even alleviate some existing dental problems. Therefore, if you want to smile wider and brighter, be sure to get your daily dose of activity and nutrients.
Why Exercise Makes Your Smile Brighter
Working out isn’t only good for losing weight or staying in shape. It’s also a great way to improve oral health. A National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that active people, or those that exercise at least three times a week, were 33% less likely to have gum disease. Furthermore, a study published in the Journal of Dentistry found that regular exercise lowers the risk of gum disease by 52% and periodontitis by 54%. This is even true for long-time smokers. Regular exercise can work against the damage done by cigarettes and start to restore damaged teeth. This reduces the number of visits to the dentist and promotes a healthier mouth.
Things to Consider While You’re Exercising
Although exercise promotes good oral health, you must exercise the right way. While you’re working out, you’re most likely breathing heavily and losing a lot of sweat, which ultimately lowers the level of saliva in your mouth. This lack of saliva puts your teeth at risk for tooth decay and enamel erosion as well as an increased presence of germs. Therefore, while you’re exercising, it is important that you stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water during and after your workout. You will want to also avoid any of the sugary sports drinks and protein bars that may introduce harmful biological substances. Chewing gum or eating a mint after a workout can also stimulate your salivary glands to restore your saliva. However, be sure that the gum is sugar-free.
Diets That Promote Better Oral Health
What you put into your mouth obviously affects your oral health. According to a longitudinal study by the Veterans Affairs, an eating plan like the DASH diet can reduce signs of root cavities by 30 % and even recover the damage done to enamel and gums. The DASH diet, originally designed to lower blood pressure, places a heavy emphasis on fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, dietary fibres, and whole grains. Therefore, if you focus on what you’re making in the kitchen, you may also be able to focus on your teeth and oral health.
If you’re looking for a picture-perfect smile, then you’ll have to spend more time in the gym and the kitchen. Keep your mouth healthy and fresh by exercising regularly and maintaining a diet full of fruits and vegetables.
About the author
Jane Epsom is a freelance writer with a special interest in researching natural and medicinal solutions to long-term pain.