Inactive, middle-aged men are at greater risk of developing gum disease compared to those who exercise regularly, a study has found.
Researchers at the Hannover Medical School looked at 72 healthy men who did not partake in sporting activity and had a predominantly sitting working position.
The results showed that older age (45-64) and low levels of physical activity were associated with moderate to severe gum disease.
Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF), said: ‘Desk grazing may seem relatively harmless, but constantly snacking on crisps, chocolate, dried fruit and sugary drinks cause teeth a whole host of nightmares.
‘We already know that poor oral health can have a negative effect on the rest of your body and the fact that gum disease increases your chances of developing heart disease, heart attacks, diabetes and strokes needs to be taken very seriously indeed.’