The mouth is a window into the health of the body. It can show if you are not eating foods that are best for you or for you may be at risk for a disease. Diseases that affect the entire body (like diabetes) may be noticed because of mouth sores or other oral problems.
The mouth is filled with bacteria. Some of these bacteria are linked to tooth decay and periodontal or gum disease. Periodontal disease may be connected with diabetes, heart disease and stroke. The exact connection is not yet known.
You can get a healthy smile by following the steps below
Brush your teeth well twice a day. In addition, you should floss or use another between-the-teeth cleaner once a day. Consider also using an antimicrobial mouthrinse every day to get a healthy smile.
Choose dental products with quality seal. This tells you that the products is not only safe, but it also does what it says it does.
Schedule regular dental visits to achieve your healthy smile. Professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar (or calculus), which traps plaque bacteria along or below the gumline.
Tell your dentist about changes in your overall health, like any recent illnesses or ongoing conditions. Provide an updated health history including medication use – both prescription and over the counter products.
Don’t smoke or chew tobacco. If you use tobacco, talk with your dentist about options for quitting. This is one of the hardest steps to get a healthy smile.
Manage dry mouth. Too little saliva in the mouth can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Many medicines cause dry mouth. If you think you may have dry mouth, talk with your dentist about ways to manage it.
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