Brush Up on the Dos & Don’ts of Oral Care

Good oral health is an important component of overall health. Start by following these tips on oral care and learning about signs that should send you to the dentist.

Daily Dos

Oral health can affect your physical health, and vice versa: Studies suggest that gum disease may be a risk factor for heart disease, and a chronic disease — such as arthritis, heart disease, or diabetes — can increase your risk of tooth loss and poor oral health. To stay healthy, a regular routine that includes brushing and flossing is essential. When practiced daily, these habits can help eliminate bacteria-filled plaque that can break down tooth enamel and cause cavities.


Brush Your Tongue Too

Did you know plaque can also form on your tongue? In addition, crevices in the tongue can harbor food particles, especially in the back of your mouth. When naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth break down these food particles, chemicals with a strong odor are released. Brushing your tongue along with your teeth not only helps remove plaque but keeps your breath fresher.


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