Fitness: The concept of fitness is one that most people understand. They know that you don’t get fit by going to a gym on a Monday, and then spending Tuesday through Sunday smoking, drinking, and eating ice cream. Most people know that there is no magic pill that delivers fitness. Fitness is a process which includes a variety of behaviors and actions – a process that requires commitment and discipline.
Connect the Dots: But here are some dots that most people don’t readily connect. Many of the serious diseases that afflict our bodies can be linked to unattended oral issues. In other words, overall health or fitness cannot be maintained without having a fit mouth to match your fit body.
When considering athletes, we all understand their workout regimens. They practice their events, they strength train, they train aerobically, and they watch what they eat and drink. Diligently engaging in all of those collected behaviors produces a level of fitness commensurate with their degree of diligence.
The same holds true with having a fit mouth. There are a number of oral training behaviors, practices, and habits that one should engage in, if having a truly healthy, fit mouth is the goal. Below are the things that encompass our mouth fitness workout program. Diligently following these behaviors will greatly improve your level of oral fitness and contribute to your overall systemic health as well.
1. the insides of your cheeks
2. the inside of your lips
3. your tongue
4. the underside of your tongue
5. your hard palate (sometimes called the roof of your mouth)
Either Feed Disease or Fight It.
Another extremely critical variable in your ability to maintain a fit mouth is the issue of diet. It has been said that what you eat and drink has the effect of either feeing disease or fighting it. Foods that are high in acidity can dramatically affect the health of your mouth by affecting the overall pH climate of your mouth. pH reflects the measure of acidity in your body and, generally speaking, an acidic mouth will encourage the growth of bad bacteria. That means a steady diet of foods that increase acidity is bad for your oral fitness level. We’ve shown you this chart before – but here it is again