There is a saying that goes, “healthy mouth, healthy body.” This means that an individual’s oral hygiene habits are indicative to their overall health. Typically, a healthy mouth free of cavities or infection is a good sign the body’s overall health is also in good condition. However, certain problems residing in the mouth such as gum inflammation (gingivitis) can be a sign of other serious health implications such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
Therefore, it is crucial to maintain a proper hygiene routine:
1. Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day, especially at night before you go to bed.
2. Floss! Brushing your teeth only gets rid of the yellow/white plaque from the surface of your teeth whereas flossing will help remove food and other bacteria between your teeth
3. Brush your tongue…We’re not kidding! Most toothbrushes these days have a tongue-pad for a reason: Brushing your tongue helps remove bad-breath causing bacteria along with food particles and other things.
4. Try to lower your intake of sugar in your daily diet. Bacteria feed on sugar residing in your mouth, if good oral hygiene is not practiced, the bacteria colonies grow and eventually form a cavity in the tooth.
5. Schedule routine check-ups with your dentist! Not only will the dentist or hygienist remove tartar (hardened plaque) from your teeth, but he/she can check for cavities or propose anti-cavity options such as fluoride or sealants.
So remember, keep your mouth clean and happy for a healthy body!
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