Walk Your Way to a Nicer Smile

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I'm Dr. Clark with a surprising tip for a better smile. Take a walk, walking is a great aerobic exercise with tons of benefits, protecting your pearly whites may be one of them. In one study, the fittest people were also the least likely to have periodontitis, a form of gum disease. Being both, fit and slim is even better for your teeth. In the study, people with a healthy body mass index, and a high aerobic endurance capacity, had the lowest odds of gum troubles.

How does breaking a sweat help your smile? Researchers believe exercise can decrease inflammation through out the body. Inflammation is a potential trigger for disease including gum disease. Exercise may keep your levels of C-reactive protein in check, that's a compound that boosts inflammation and may increase your risk of gum disease.

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