Staying active and healthy during the holidays can be difficult with family gatherings and holiday sweets. While you try your best to avoid sugary treats, don’t forget to incorporate exercise into this cheerful season, because it could help you maintain a healthier smile!

✦ Exercise reduces inflammation and increases blood circulation throughout your body, including your gums and oral tissues, delivering more oxygen and nutrients.
✦ Exercise boosts your immune system and lowers your risk of diseases that affect your smile. Your body becomes stronger at fighting infections that can start in your mouth and spread to other parts of your body. Being active also lowers your risk of diabetes or heart disease, which are linked to gum disease and other oral health problems.
✦ Suffering from dry mouth due to medications? Exercise can help with increasing saliva production, helping to neutralize acids and protect tooth enamel. Drinking water after a workout keeps you hydrated and helps prevent dry mouth throughout the day.

Visit your dentist at least twice a year, brush twice daily and floss daily to keep your smile merry and bright this holiday season.

HAWAII DENTAL SERVICE (501(c) 4 nonprofit)
Kahala Howser, Wellness & Events Manager