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Oral hygiene and your overall health

SPONSORED • Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 12:38 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014 2:36 p.m. CST
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Your oral health is an important part of your overall health. According to the American Dental Association, untreated dental disease can lead to serious health problems, like infection, damage to bone or nerve and tooth loss. Dental infections that are left untreated can even spread to other parts of the body. In very rare cases, it can be life threatening.

Luckily, dental disease is preventable. Follow simple recommendations from the American Dental Association, including brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing between teeth once a day, eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks, to keep your mouth healthy.

Regular visits to your dentist not only promote healthy teeth and gums, but can allow for a problem to be spotted, and solved, sooner.

One problem adults can face is gum disease, the inflammation of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. Gum disease is caused by plaque. When plaque is not removed, it can harden into tartar and when that forms around the gum line, it becomes harder to brush and clean well between teeth. The buildup can house bacteria that lead to gum disease.

Remember, your mouth is a window into the health of your body. According to the American Dental Association, it can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. Systemic diseases – those that affect the entire body – may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems.

Batavia Dentist  Dr. Murphy  advises that great tooth and gum care starts at home. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums on a continual basis. By keeping a daily routine, you can greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis or tooth decay as you age.

Ronald Murphy DMD | | 630.879.7642 

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