WE ALL KNOW THAT EXERCISE IS IMPORTANT, even for your child. It promotes wellness, prevents sickness, and is said to benefit body, mind, and soul. But did you know that regular exercise is also good for your child’s oral health? Read on…
Exercise Can Reduce Gum Disease Risk Throughout Life
Perhaps most children don’t need to worry too much about gum disease. But, the important thing is that—as a parent or guardian—you’re helping them develop great lifelong habits right now!
Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums caused by harmful bacteria in the mouth. Regular exercise can reduce inflammation, which in turn can lower your child’s risk of gum disease. In a Journal of Periodontology study researchers found that individuals who work out regularly and maintain a healthy weight are 40% less likely to develop gum disease.
Because some studies have linked gum disease to cardiovascular disease and diabetes, eating healthy and staying active can also help protect your child from more serious conditions.
Exercise Can Strengthen And Protect Your Child’s Smile
Working out helps improve digestion and can help your child’s body more effectively use vitamins and minerals that are essential to dental health. With exercise and healthy eating habits, your child’s body is better able to use the nutrients in food to strengthen and protect his or her smile.
Physical fitness can greatly contribute to dental health. It can also improve your child’s mood, help to manage stress and increase brainpower. If you’re not already, encourage your child to make exercising a habit.
Fun Ways To Get Your Child Exercising
3 Tips On Helping Children Make Exercise A Habit
- Focus on activities your child enjoys. Sports, biking, swimming, etc.
- Be active in groups. It’s easier to want to exercise if the fun is shared.
- Reward your child. Show your approval when your child gets off the couch.
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