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Dental health: It's about more than clean teeth
Updated: 3/8/2012 7:00:06 PM
 

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It's important for people to remember that dental care is about more than just white teeth and fresh breath. Oral health is an important indicator of overall well-being. The Mayo Clinic states that problems in the mouth can spread throughout the rest of the body when harmful mouth bacteria grows out of control and enters the bloodstream.

Recently, the Journal Standard published an article on the importance of dental care for a person's overall health.

"Systemic health conditions that may be linked to poor oral health. [For example,] studies suggest people with periodontal disease have a higher risk for complications of heart disease and stroke. Indeed, the same bacteria found in oral plaque has also been found in arterial plaque," according to the news source.

The information provider suggested brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day and scheduling an appointment with the dentist every six months to ensure proper dental health and avoid complications. Also, it's important for a person to maintain a healthy diet and limit the amount of soda and sugary foods they consume, as these can lead to tooth decay.

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