It's the end of National Dental Hygiene Awareness Month, but that doesn't mean it's time to start ignoring oral health. Regardless of the season, there are important dental health suggestions that everyone should follow. Recently, a San Diego dentist offered some tips for people who are trying to keep their smiles bright.
"New research continues to show that having good dental hygiene can help patients maintain an overall sense of health and well-being," said Doug Disraeli, D.D.S.
Disraeli is referring to studies that have connected severe gum disease to an increase risk of heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and pre-term low birth weight. These are potentially serious conditions, and research findings suggest that maintaining proper oral care could be one way to reduce a person's chances of developing these disorders.
First, Disraeli suggested that people check their breath often. Bad breath can be a sign of poor dental hygiene. Second, be sure to clean the tongue as well as the teeth, bacteria reside in that part of the mouth too. Finally, try to brush teeth before and after eating sweets, in order to keep sugar particles from lingering in the mouth.
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