Resolutions for Better Dental Health

healthy woman1With the New Year in full swing, many thoughts turn to self-improvement. Healthier dieting and more exercise are among the most common resolutions made. Where your health is concerned, these may also be among the most beneficial resolutions you can adhere to. Unbeknownst to many people, however, is the benefits that diet and exercise can provide your dental health, as well as your body. To highlight the often-unsung advantages of healthier habits, Des Moines dentist Dr. Stephen Burds outlines how a healthier lifestyle can help improve your dental health.

Dieting and Exercise for Healthier Teeth

  • Obesity is a growing problem in the United States, and according to numerous research, the conditions that often lead to obesity can also threaten your oral health. Proper dieting reduces the amount of unhealthy substances (i.e., excessive sugar and carbs) that feed oral bacteria and lead to damaging oral health issues.
  • Exercising also helps manage obesity, and improves your entire body’s function. This improvement includes blood sugar regulation, which helps control the harmful processes of oral bacteria. More importantly, a healthy body means a healthy immune system that can more effectively control oral bacteria and the dangers they pose.
  • According to a study published in the Journal of Periodontology, exercising regularly can also help reduce your chances of developing gum disease. Inflammation, which is a tactic often employed by your immune system, is also one of the mitigating causes of advancing gum disease. Exercising helps regulate your body’s immune system and control unwanted inflammation, increasing your protection against gum disease.

Excellent Dental Health in Des Moines

To learn more about how your lifestyle can affect your dental health, or to improve the health and look of your smile, schedule a consultation with your Des Moines family dentist by calling Gateway Dental Group at (515) 244-9565. We welcome patients from River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and neighboring communities.