Most of us realize the importance of maintaining good oral health, however, did you know that your oral health can have a big affect on your overall health? Your oral health offers important clues about your overall health and problems in your mouth can negatively affect the rest of your body.
Our mouths are full of bacteria, most of which is harmless and can be kept under control with good oral hygiene including daily flossing and brushing. However, if you do not practice good oral hygiene, the bacteria in your mouth can get out of control and cause problems such as periodontal (gum) disease and tooth decay.
If harmful bacteria from your mouth enters your bloodstream, it may affect, be affected by or contribute to diseases and conditions including Endocarditis, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s Disease. For this reason, it is very important to maintain good oral health by flossing and brushing daily, and to see a Dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups (every six months for most patients). If you have oral health problems such as tooth decay or periodontal disease, it is important to have these conditions treated promptly by a qualified Dentist. Lastly, it is important to make your Dentist aware of any special conditions or diseases you have, before receiving dental care.
The next time you brush or floss your teeth, think about the positive affect these good oral hygiene habits have on your overall health. If you have children, it is also important to pass these good habits onto them so they can also maintain good oral and overall health.
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