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Exercise and Gum Disease: What You Need to Know

November 25, 2020
Posted By: Drs. Morgan Nordstrom and William C. Vizzolini Staff
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You have probably heard that brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly for checkups and teeth cleanings lower your risks for gum disease. Stopping tobacco is also recommended. But does exercise play a role, too?

Recent literature says: Yes!

Your dentist in Vallejo, CA recommends a multipronged approach to reducing your risks and promoting better oral wellness. The same applies even if you have already been diagnosed.

To lower your risks, steps include brushing and flossing twice daily, visiting your dentist for exams and cleanings, getting rid of tobacco, eating healthy, and exercising!

If you have already been diagnosed, your dentist will provide treatment, but we also encourage a healthy diet and exercise to support your gum disease treatment.   

Remember, gum disease is inflammation throughout the tissues and bones that support your teeth. And exercise that gets your heart pumping has long been recommended to reduce inflammation in the body! It also improves circulation, which promotes healing.

However, we recommend checking with your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen.

Gum Disease and Body Wellness

We know that inflammation, including the inflammation found in gum disease, has been linked to heart attack and stroke. We also know that gum disease increases your risks for Alzheimer’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis. It has also been linked to low birth weight in babies.

Taking steps to mitigate gum disease risk is crucial and making healthy choices to combat a new diagnosis is equally important.

Symptoms of Gum Disease and Treatment

Gum disease may be silent at first, but over time, you may notice the following:

  • Bleeding gums, especially when brushing
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Gum pocketing
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath

Treatment may include specialized cleanings below the gumline, careful monitoring, and recommendations for at-home care.

Contact Us for Gum Disease Treatment in Vallejo, CA

If you have not been to the dentist in a while or notice oral health changes between visits, reach out to our dental office to schedule an exam.

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