Although you may not want to hear it, our mouths are flowing with bacteria and despite what you may think, the overall health of your mouth affects your overall health.
These bacteria cause oral diseases such as gingivitis (inflammation of your gum tissue) and periodontitis (inflammation and infection of the ligaments and bones that support your teeth). Research shows that an unhealthy mouth may also cause diseases such as: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory problems.
Cavites and gum disease have been linked to poor sleeping habits, as well as beahvioural and developmental problems in children. Studies are examining the connection between pre-term, low birth babies and their mother’s oral health.
Practice good oral hygiene by brushing at least twice a day, floss daily, eat healthy and be sure to have regular check-ups with your dentist. If you notice any problems with your gums or teeth, be sure to contact your dentist right away, because a healthy mouth is an investment to your overall health.