Want better health this year? Start with your mouth!
Did you know that healthy teeth and gums play an important role in your overall health? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), poor oral health has been linked with some chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
If you’re looking to improve your healthy mouth habits this year, start with these tiny tweaks:
- Floss daily (you’re already brushing, right?). It might be tempting to skip this step when you’re tired or in a hurry, but flossing between your teeth helps remove plaque and improve gum health. Try individual floss picks to speed up the process.
- If you smoke (or chew tobacco), quit. Avoiding tobacco makes your whole body healthier — and gives you whiter teeth and fresher breath. Win-win!
- Cut back on sugar. Reducing sugar intake has many beneficial effects throughout your body and can help you avoid cavities, too.
- See your dentist. Regular cleanings and exams help your dentist spot problems early, and help keep your teeth looking their best.
Learn more about the connection between your mouth and your body by visiting our Dental Health Tips.