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Lately there has been an increased effort among dentists to inform the public of the connection between oral hygiene and overall health. Taking care of teeth is about more than just having fresh breath and no cavities, it's part of a committed effort to keeping the body well. Recently, a Minnesota dentist explained the importance of maintaining good dental health and tips for how to keep the mouth healthy.
"Good oral health enables individuals to eat in a healthy manner, speak properly, avoid painful dental and oral health problems, look good, feel confident about their appearance and also promotes overall good physical health," said Shelley Wakefield, D.D.S.
The dentist added that gum disease can lead to infections in other parts of the body. This includes a condition called called endocarditis, which is an infection in the inner lining of the heart. Furthermore, research shows that diabetes, osteoporosis and Alzheimer's disease may all be influenced by oral problems.
The dental health expert suggested brushing and flossing regularly, replacing toothbrushes every three to four months and eating a balanced diet that doesn't contain too many snacks.
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