Oral health depends on physical activity as well as good hygiene
The unusually warm second summer we experienced this fall was fun while it lasted, wasn’t it? It encouraged many of us to enjoy the outdoors and get in some extra walking, biking, golf and other activities. Now that we face the inevitable cold months that lie ahead, the regular fitness routines we followed so well the past six months may become more of a challenge.
Dr. Craig Janssen and our team at Janssen Dental Clinic follow a biological approach that focuses on the connection between our overall health and optimal oral health. We see movement as a vitally important component to our dental health, regardless of whether we are enjoying a warm second summer or a cold snap in the dead of winter.
Movement plays a crucial role in several aspects of our overall health:
Weight management – Obesity is a risk factor for many diseases, including gum disease. Staying active helps you maintain a healthy weight and reduce those risks.
Blood circulation – Better blood flow helps our gums get the nutrients they need to fight off infection for conditions such as gingivitis.
Stress reduction – The endorphins our brain releases during physical activity act as natural painkillers and mood enhancers. Lower stress also means less grinding of teeth.
Easy ways to overcome cold-weather challenges this winter
There certainly are days when a Wisconsin winter can make it difficult to stay active, but it is possible to keep moving and remain healthy without risking frostbite. You may be surprised how quickly you will feel warmer once you generate some body heat through exercise.
Embrace winter activities – From putting on your boots and taking a silent walk through the neighborhood early in the morning to lacing on some skates to hit the local ice rink, there are plenty of fun winter ways to elevate your heart rate. Cross-country skiing is a great way to get a cardio workout while working multiple muscle groups.
Exercise indoors – Aside from joining a health club, there are lots of things you can do in your own home to keep moving. Do an online search for workout videos available for free on YouTube. Often they will combine the benefits of cardio, strength, balance, flexibility and core work. The best part is you can perform most of the exercises without any special equipment.
Mindful movement – If working up a sweat isn’t your thing, try activities such as yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi. Really, any movement at all will benefit your body and mind. Anything is better than sitting on your couch for half the year.
Keep dental health in mind beyond simply staying active
Movement is just one piece of your overall health puzzle, especially when it comes to your oral health. Staying hydrated is just as important in winter as it is on a warm summer day. The air is very dry in winter, meaning your mouth will need sufficient water to remain moist so it can reduce the risk of cavities.
Regular checkups with the Janssen Dental Clinic team will ensure your oral health stays in good shape along with the rest of your body. We are here to support your efforts to maintain a healthy, happy smile every season of the year.
About Janssen Dental Clinic in Green Bay, Wisconsin
Janssen Dental Clinic features the dental expertise of Dr. Craig Janssen, a third-generation dentist serving patients in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and the surrounding area. Dr. Craig and his staff specialize in oral health as a component of overall well-being, a philosophy of care known as biological dentistry. They have expertise in reducing the fear and anxiety that people of all ages feel over going to the dentist, with services ranging from routine cleanings to restorative and cosmetic procedures. Call (920) 983-8383 to schedule an appointment. New patients are always welcome.