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Oral Health Vs Exercise?

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If you have regular checkups with your physician, you will know that following a healthy lifestyle is vital to sustaining your quality of life.

Conversely, if you see a dentist biannually, you will know that good oral health is an important component of a healthy lifestyle.

As we age, our bodies need more rest and recovery time to adjust to the demands of working out.

By recognizing you aren’t the same workout machine you once were when bell bottoms and platform shoes were all the rage, will help prevent injury while promoting healthy life long running.

It’s like turning your workout dial from 10 down to six or seven to keep your body running efficiently.

When it comes to oral health, Dr. Mark Wang explains how our teeth can be problematic as we get older.

He shares his advice on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy by following a daily routine of brushing at least twice.

Dr. Wang says, “As we get older, the gums start to recede a little bit and we may be on some medications that dry out our mouths a little bit more. And sometimes people suffer from arthritis, dementia and (other disabilities) too, so their ability to clean their teeth diminishes as they get older.”  

Another concern, Dr. Wang points out is, “The root surfaces of the teeth become exposed as we get older and certainly (are) a lot more susceptible to decay.”  He says that leads to losing some teeth in their golden years and advises to replace lost teeth with implants or a bridge to maintain the ability to properly chew food.

According to the Dental Hygiene Association of Canada, thanks to healthier lifestyles, as well as advances in oral and medical care, we can expect to keep most if not all of our natural teeth as we age. But keeping those teeth healthy can be a challenge.

Many medications cause dry mouth, a condition that can contribute to cavities and other oral problems. Seniors also develop more cavities on the roots of their teeth than younger adults. And, perhaps most worrisome, bacteria from the mouth can travel through the body, resulting in serious infections affecting overall health.

Dr. Wang recommends visiting a dentist twice a year for cleaning and to check for diseases and oral cancer.  

Brush your teeth and floss regularly and follow a healthy balanced diet.

As we age, our teeth will get darker over time. If there is a concern about the colour of your teeth, Dr. Wang, says, “It is a natural process of aging. Try bleaching, there are cosmetic procedures. “Red wine, coffee and blueberries are some foods or drinks that can stain your teeth.

If you grind your teeth, wear a night guard.

Having a fit body and a healthy smile is a winning combination for your overall health.

Christine Blanchette is a TV host and producer of Run With It, a monthly running, fitness and lifestyle program.