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Why Your Mouth Health Matters to the Rest of Your Body

Having a healthy mouth is important so you feel confident and happy with your smile, but your oral health also directly impacts your overall health.


Researchers linked a healthy mouth to a decrease risk of heart attack and stroke. That’s because poor oral health means you have chronic inflammation in your mouth. Inflammation leads to hardening in your arteries, resulting in a possible heart attack or stroke.


Tips for Protecting Your Mouth and Enjoying Your Sugar Too

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of Americans over the age of 30 suffer from gum disease and 1 in 4adults have untreated tooth decay.


While avoiding sugar all together is the best option for optimal oral health, there are definitely easy, day-to-day tips you can follow to help protect your mouth and still indulge in your favorite sugary treat or beverage.


·      Rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking

·      Chew sugarless gum

·      Eat and drink calcium-rich items, like milk and cheese

·      Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste

·      Floss once a day

·      Try to avoid sticky, sugary foods

·      Eat high-fiber vegetables and fruits

·      Drink plenty of fluoridated water

·      Have a professional teeth cleaning twice a year


When you are mindful of your sugar consumption and follow these tips, you can lead a happy and sweet-filled life knowing you are doing your best to care for your mouth and your body.


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