The health of your teeth and gums is linked to the health of your entire body. Taking good care of your mouth can lower your risk for diabetes, heart attack, stroke, premature birth, chronic inflammation and other health problems.
Our mouths harbor bacteria, which is mostly harmless. But because your mouth is an entry point to the rest of your body, some of these bacteria can cause disease.
With good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, your body’s natural defenses is able to help keep bacteria under control. Without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that could lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.
As you focus on eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep and managing stress, remember your mouth. It’s the gateway to a healthier you.
Keep your smile bright and your mouth healthy:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
- Floss daily.
- Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings.
- Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary snacks.
Learn more about oral health and local resources at samhealth.org/HealthySmiles.