For at least the past 10 years research has been linking the health of your mouth to the overall health of your body. According to the American Dental Association, 40 percent of people with gum disease also have a chronic health condition. Not taking proper care of your mouth causes bacterial growth, which causes inflammation and diseases of the teeth and gums. This can lead to other diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease.
On a weekly basis, check inside your mouth for swollen or bleeding gums; mouth odor that does not go away; cracked, chipped, or discolored teeth; tooth and/or jaw pain.
- You can start cleaning your baby’s teeth by wiping with a soft cloth or brushing with a small soft toothbrush and water.
- At 18 months start using a pea sized amount of low-fluoride toothpaste to brush your child’s teeth.
The best way to prevent such problems from developing is to maintain healthy dental hygiene habits:
- Eat a balanced diet without excessive sweets.
- Don’t smoke or use smokeless tobacco products.
- Brush at least twice daily—after breakfast and before bedtime. Floss daily.
- Tongue scraping is a fast way to remove extra particles. Removing bacteria is key to preventing cavities, gum disease, and other conditions affecting the mouth.
- Replace your toothbrush at least every three to four months.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Schedule regular dental visits, usually every six months.
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