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How would you rate your oral health?
It’s not just about staying away from sugar to protect your teeth from cavities! Poor oral health can lead to a lot of other health issues. I feel that parents are always on their kids about brushing their teeth, but in actuality, a lot of adults don’t take care of their own mouths.
It’s also not just about brushing your teeth, but brushing your teeth the proper way and flossing on a regular basis. It shouldn’t be something you rush through in the morning. You need to spend some quality time on your mouth; you get only one set of adult teeth.
Scheduling the recommended regular dentist visits can help to save your life! Not taking care of your teeth can lead to infection, which can also spread to other areas of your body. Practicing good oral health can help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. Dental hygienists can also screen you for serious health problems, such as oral cancer, diabetes, eating disorders, and substance abuse.
Here are some tips to help you maintain good oral health:
- Drink fluoridated water.
- Avoid tobacco.
- Avoid foods and snacks that are high in sugar.
- Visit the dentist regularly.
- Floss daily.
- Don’t brush really hard; relax and take your time.
Take this quiz to discover how your mouth affects your general health.