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You know you should take care of your teeth and gums because you only get one set of permanent teeth. However, taking care of your oral health has other benefits as well, and some of them might surprise you.
Studies have shown that poor oral health can affect your overall health. By maintaining excellent oral health habits and proper oral hygiene, you can help avoid more serious health conditions.
What Health Conditions Are You Talking About?
Colgate describes your mouth as a “window into what’s going on in the rest of your body.” What they mean is that when you look into the mouth, you can see some of the early signs and symptoms of other systemic diseases. A systemic disease is a term that describes conditions that affect all of your body, e.g., diabetes osteoporosis, or AIDS.
The Mayo Clinic says that many conditions can be linked to oral health. These conditions include:
Sometimes, it is the systemic disease that is causing problems in your mouth. Conditions that might affect your oral health include:
HIV/AIDS: People with HIV/AIDS often develop sores in their mouths.
Osteoporosis: The weakening of bones is linked to periodontal bone and tooth loss. Also, drugs used to treat osteoporosis can result in problems with the jawbone.
What Can You Do?
Consistent attention to your oral hygiene is one of the best things you can do to maintain the best possible oral health for yourself. Every day, you should take care of your teeth and gums. Per Healthline.com, this effort involves all of the following:
To download the PDF for Proper Brushing from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s (ADHA) website, please click here.
To download the PDF for Proper Flossing from the ADHA’s website, please click here.
So, you knew that brushing and flossing are essential to take care of your teeth. Now you know it’s vital for a whole host of other reasons as well! If you have any questions or want to come in for a routine cleaning and checkup, give us a call.
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Cherney, Kristeen. “11 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Healthy.” Healthline.com. 13 November 2017. Web. 25 October 2019.
“Oral health: A window to your overall health.” Mayoclinic.org. Web. 25 October 2019.
McNamee, David. “Beyond tooth decay: why good dental hygiene is important.” Medicalnewstoday.com. 8 October 2014. Web. 25 October 2019.
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