Taking good care of your teeth and gums isn't just about preventing cavities or bad breath. The mouth is a window into the health of the body. It can show you if you are not eating foods that are best for you or signal that you may be at risk for a disease. Diseases that affect the entire body (such as diabetes), may first be noticed because of mouth sores or other oral problems.
The mouth is filled with countless bacteria, some linked to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease may be connected with diabetes and cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke).
What can you do:
- Brush your teeth well twice a day
- Schedule regular dental appointments
- Tell your dentist about changes in your overall health
- If you are pregnant of thinking about becoming pregnant, pay close attention to your gums and teeth