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The Connection Between Exercise & Gum Health

  • October 20, 2010

WILLIAMSPORT, COLLEGEVILLE AND PHILADELPHIA, PA – Philadelphia, PA Periodontist Dr. David DiGiallorenzo has weighed in on the American Academy of Periodontology’s information regarding the connection between staying in shape and maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

A study published in the Journal of Periodontology’s August 2010 issue says researchers found that people who maintained a healthy weight and were physically fit reported fewer cases of severe periodontitis, according to information posted on the AAP website. Periodontitis is inflammatory disease that leads to bone loss around the teeth and can lead to teeth becoming loose or even falling out.

DiGiallorenzo said it is encouraging to see the study results, and is hopeful that it may help drive home the point of physical fitness as a means of promoting teeth and gum health.

In the study, researchers compared subjects’ weight and fitness variables with the results of a periodontal examination. The study used body mass index and percentage of body fat as a weight control measure and maximal oxygen consumption as a physical fitness measure. The people in the study who had the lowest BMI and the highest fitness levels had significantly lower rates of severe periodontitis.

“We have known for years that there is a clear connection between oral health and overall health,” DiGiallorenzo said. “What is going on in our mouths can be a strong indicator of other systemic issues in our bodies.”

For those reasons, the Philadelphia, PA dental implants expert has promoted the importance of nutrition and exercise to his patients for some time.

“We devote a page on our website to risk factors and health-related issues in an effort educate current and potential patients on these topics,” DiGiallorenzo said.

On the site, DiGiallorenzo states that exercise is critical- a minimum of 30 minutes, three times per week is all that is necessary to effectively improve all aspects of the system. Nutrition also is critical for overall body response.

“The vast majority of the foods we eat no longer provide the nutrients in adequate amounts that our bodies need,” said the Philadelphia, PA periodontics expert. “Far too many of the foods we eat are processed nowadays, and a diet low in nutrients makes it increasingly difficult for the body to fight off infections.”

Because of that, in addition to recommending regular, vigorous exercise, Digiallorenzo offers customized nutrition programs and homeopathic regimes.
“We take a whole-body approach to periodontal health and this study proves that it is a wise approach,” he said.

In the instances where patients have gum disease that requires treatment, DiGiallorenzo uses LANAP– or laser-assisted new attachment procedure.

“We feel this is a holistic method of treating periodontal disease because it involves no cutting and suturing,” he said.

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