The Carls Family YMCA was the gracious host for last Sunday’s Milford Memories races. As a result of the great weather or perhaps the challenge of a new race course on the beautiful Milford trail a larger than average number of runners turned out. Local favorites Mike Andersen, Cody Snavely, Brian Kettle and Doug Goodhue all distinguished themselves. Dr.'s Huszti along with daughters Olivia and Sophia enjoyed time with friends and a great race.  Congratulations to Dr. Huszti who managed a 1st place age group win (5K in the 40-49). For complete results: Milford Memories 5K,10K, 10 mile race results 2013

Sure we love brushing but exercise & fun are important components in your overall health too! It's not just common sense but increasingly proving to be good science. Take, for instance a recent study in the journal of periodontolgy indicating good diet & exercise can help keep your mouth healthy

Maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, and eating a proper diet are all good for you. But here are some new benefits for you to chew on: Research shows these things are good for your gums, too.

In a study published in the Journal of Periodontology, researchers found that people with this cluster of healthy traits are less likely to have gum disease than their overweight and inactive counterparts.

Dr. Nabil Bissada, chairman of the periodontics department at Case Western University School of Dental Medicine analyzed data from 12,110 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Healthy weight was defined as having a body mass index between 18.5 and 24.9, while engaging in the recommended amount of exercise meant moderate-intensity workouts five times or more per week or vigorous activity three or more times per week. Diet healthfulness was rated on an index of healthy foods, with a score higher than 80 considered a sign of having a "high-quality diet."

While health experts have long hyped the importance of keeping a healthy weight, staying active and eating a good diet, the researchers found that only a small percentage actually manage to do all three. "Only about 3% of the entire group maintained normal weight, engaged in the recommended level of exercise and had a high-quality diet," they wrote. More than three out of 10 participants reported practicing none of the three habits.

These figures could, in reality, be even worse, given that the participants self-reported their weight and exercise and food habits - things people don't always recount accurately.

Gum disease rates were lowest among people who fit all three of the healthy-living criteria. While 18% of participants who reported none of the three traits had gum disease, only 7% of those who maintained a health weight, were physically active, and ate a healthy diet had gum problems.

After adjusting for such factors as age, gender, race, smoking habits, diabetes, time since last dental visit, and other differences between subjects, the researchers found that each trait - normal weight, healthy diet, and active lifestyle - was associated with a 16% decrease in gum disease risk. Having two of the habits lowered the risk of gum disease by 29%, while having all three was associated with a 40% lower risk.

While the study doesn't explain the reason behind this link, the researchers have several theories. Among the possibilities they note are the suggestion that eating fruits and vegetables may remove plaque from the teeth, and the notion that obesity promotes inflammation, which is linked to gum disease, while physical activity may decrease it.

Previous studies have linked gum disease with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, pregnancy complications, and other health problems.