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Simple Dental Care Tips to Keep Your Mouth Healthy

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Dental health is the gateway to overall health. If you don’t keep your mouth healthy, you can develop serious problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. A recent study showed that, “people with chronic gum disease were 40% more likely to have a chronic condition on top of that.” *

To avoid these issues, there are certain things you must be doing on a regular basis that take less than 10 minutes out of your day. That’s a small time investment avoid big health problems!

Here are a few simple things to maintain good oral health:

Brush twice a day: This may seem like the most obvious thing to do but are you doing it? Brushing once isn’t enough to clean all the bacteria or remove all of the food particles and stains you get in a day. Make sure you are brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled brush when you wake up and before you go to bed.

Floss once a day: Flossing in between your teeth removes food particles and keeps plaque from building up. When plaque builds up it causes your gums become inflamed, cavities to form, and even tooth decay. Dentists suggest flossing at least once a day to prevent these issues and keep your mouth healthy.

Use mouthwash after eating and drinking: In between brushing and flossing, mouthwash is a great way to keep your mouth clean of bacteria and food particles. Dentists often recommend using mouthwash midday, after lunch, instead of in the morning. Using mouthwash after brushing will wash away fluoride from the toothpaste that helps your teeth.

Chew sugar free gum: If you don’t have the time to brush after lunch, chew sugar-free gum. Chewing gum 20 minutes after eating increases saliva production in your mouth. Saliva helps kill bacteria and washes away acids that can damage the enamel on your teeth.

Go to the dentist twice a year: The most important thing you can do for your dental health is visit your dentist! Only a dentist or dental hygienist can detect if you have issues that need to be addressed or if your mouth is healthy. If you follow all of these dental tips and take care of your mouth, going to the dentist will be much easier.

*Source: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/oral-health-the-mouth-body-connection?page=1