Your oral health offers vital clues about your overall wellness. And oral problems can have a direct, negative impact on other areas of your body.
Your mouth is full of natural bacteria, most of which are harmless or easily controlled by the body’s natural defenses. But without good oral hygiene, they lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and worse. Medications which reduce saliva can increase risk.
Recent research links oral bacteria to systemic inflammation contributing to medical conditions such as endocarditis (heart infection), cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and premature birth/low birth weight babies.
Keep your mouth – and by extension, your body – healthy by:
Brushing teeth, tongue, and soft tissues at least two times a day.
Replacing your toothbrush every three months or as soon as it shows wear.
Flossing before bedtime.
Eating a nutritious diet, and limiting sugary snacks.Read More