A little background: I have have been having trouble with my gums for a few years now. I see a periodontist regularly and get my teeth cleaned every three months. Three months ago things were not looking good and the periodontist started talking surgery. In April I got my road bike and I have been riding several times a week trying to do 100 miles/week. Since then, honestly, I have been a little lax about my teeth. It's hard to squeeze a new activity into my life and stay totally on top of everything I was doing before.
Maybe you can imagine my surprise when I went for my cleaning this week and the hygienist spent very little time in my mouth and declared my gums to be very healthy this time. I wondered if there could possibly be a connection between bike riding and a healthy mouth. I googled it and came up with this study:
There seem to be a few articles all referencing the same study from Case Western. What do you think? Do you think there might be a connection? What other benefits have you experienced from cycling other than weight loss?