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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?

Would you be surprised to learn that many Americans have gum disease and don’t recognize it? As you may have known, gum disease is an issue that can be caused by plaque and tartar. Fortunately, you may be able to avoid this problem if you brush and floss your teeth regularly. If plaque isn’t removed, your gums could become inflamed. Eventually, your gums could pull away 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 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 at 843-884-1215. Dr. Haefner and the rest of our team will be happy to answer any questions you have. We’re eager to hear from you soon.