Exercising for Healthier Teeth

You use your teeth more than any other part of your body, and yet you might not realize that, like the rest of your body, they too can benefit from a regular exercise routine. Besides working your teeth out when you bite and chew your food, exercising in general helps your body better fight many of the mechanisms that lead to dental health issues. In addition to good hygiene and routine dental care, we also advise sticking to a healthy diet and exercise routine to maximize your dental health.

The Dental Health Benefits of Exercising

Relieving Stress

Among the myriad health issues related to chronic stress, bruxism and TMJ disorder are also common consequences. Both issues involve excessive pressure on your teeth and jaw joints (respectively), and both can lead to increasingly more severe issues. Exercising is one of the most effective methods of relieving stress, and thereby reducing your risks of stress-related issues.

Boosting Your Immune System

When you work out consistently, you are typically at a lower risk of falling ill, due in large part to a stronger, more efficient immune system. Gum disease, for instance, is an inflammatory condition caused by bacteria that manipulate your immune system’s inflammatory response. A stronger immune system means oral bacteria will have to work harder to manipulate it, and your chances of avoiding gum disease are higher.

Healthier Habits

The oral bacteria that lead to tooth decay, halitosis (chronic bad breath), and gum disease do their damage when they metabolize certain ingredients in your meals. Sugars, carbohydrates, and starches can be converted into acids that attack teeth and pave the way for tooth decay. Proteins and other nutrients can be metabolized into toxins that target your gum tissues, leading to gum disease. When you exercise, you are more apt to control your cravings and stick to a healthier diet, which can improve your ability to control harmful oral bacteria.


Dr. Shawn Hofkes and the staff at Cerritos Dental Surgery are highly qualified to address complex issues, including those that require oral surgery to correct. To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly serve patients of all ages from Cerritos, Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and all surrounding communities.