Did you think oral health was just about having nice teeth and fresh breath? Think again, despite the enormous emphasis placed on procedures and remedies to whiten and enlighten teeth there is more to it than that. Did you know there might be a correlation with your oral health and your heart health? Or how about your digestive system? After all your oral cavity is the entrance to your digestive track and saliva starts the digestive process through enzymes. Teeth break food down into smaller particles increasing the surface area exposed to saliva and greater absorption of nutrients. Bacteria normally live in the mouth but are kept in balance by saliva production. Our dental hygiene is an important part of keeping bacteria in check. It is not only necessary for the prevention of dental caries, but also contributes to healthy oral mucosa. The state of the oral cavity can be an indication of systemic health. It is also important to protect the mouth from toxic substances as tobacco products, these are contributors to oral cancer, and further damage to dental enamel. It is important to keep an oral hygiene routine of brushing at least twice a day, flossing after eating or at bedtime. Regular dental cleanings are recommended every 6 months and check ups every year. Following a dental health plan can help maintain healthy teeth and gums. This not only will contribute to a beautiful smile but will improve overall health.
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