This one’s for Mom. Mom was a dental hygienist (she’s retired now). As I’m sure you can imagine, twice daily tooth brushing and twice yearly visits to the dentist were not only encouraged, but also viewed as mandatory acts, kind of like the sun coming up.
To this day, I am still a stickler about brushing and flossing. I am trying desperately to pass this love of oral hygiene onto the kids. They fight me, but that’s what kids do.
Now how does oral hygiene affect your time at the studio? For starters, good oral hygiene helps your relationship with your trainer (I have never had a problem with this since I have been at Vertex).
Secondly, good oral care is linked to improved self-esteem (also a reason for working out!), and chronic inflammation of the gums has been associated with the development of heart disease and stroke (two things that are also affected by strength training). Finally, there is an association between poor gum health and rheumatoid arthritis (neither one is fun).
I guess the biggest takeaway here is that we are more than the sum of our parts. Everything we say and do affects another part of our life, whether we know it or intend it or not. The best we can do is to wake up each day and make the best possible choices to lead a fruitful and eventful life.