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A healthy mouth leads to a healthy body

One of the keys to having a healthy body is having a healthy mouth. Here are just a few examples of why it’s so important to take care of your teeth and gums.

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Pancreatic Cancer and Heart Disease

Having healthy teeth and gums can reduce your risk of serious diseases such as pancreatic cancer and heart disease. The inflammation that results from gum disease has been linked to both of these illnesses, as the bacteria that lives in your mouth can travel to other parts of the body and cause infections of other complications.

The best way to prevent dental disease in adulthood is to instill good habits during childhood. If you’re less than exuberant about your own oral hygiene habits, remember that your kids are always watching.

Diabetes

Diabetes itself is complicated enough, but diabetes combined with gum disease is an entirely different situation. Chronic diseases such as gum disease can make it difficult to control blood sugar, which could eventually lead to diabetes; diabetes makes it difficult to fight off infections such as gum disease. The best course of action is to take care of your teeth and gums every day so you can avoid the slippery slopes of diabetes and gum disease.

Professional Cleanings

Baby teeth deserve the same careful attention as adult teeth. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends taking your child to the dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts. Many children develop at least one cavity before they enter the second grade, making early dental hygiene and regular trips to the dentist more important than ever.

Home Care

While some people may assume that baby teeth are inconsequential since they eventually fall out, even a single baby tooth needs to be brushed regularly. Once more teeth erupt, flossing should be included in your child’s home dental regimen. After brushing under your supervision, your child should be ready to brush on their own by the time they’re six years old.

Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. While tooth loss is certainly undesirable, the other potential health risks are far more dangerous.

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