Good overall health is about far more than just taking plenty of exercise and having a healthy diet. It also means taking care of your mouth as this is effectively a window to the rest of your body. When you have a healthy mouth, your body can fight infection and disease more easily.
A healthy mouth is your first line of defence because it includes lymphoid tissue and your tonsils, and it’s their job to recognise harmful bacteria and to fight infection. If you fail to take care of your mouth, it increases your risk of developing respiratory diseases, cardiovascular disease and diabetes complications increases. Also, common dental diseases like a toothache or a dental injury can negatively impact your quality-of-life and your ability to eat drink and talk comfortably.
Protecting Your Oral Health
Even if you haven’t looked after your mouth in the past, it’s never too late to begin. Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, and floss once-a-day because this removes harmful plaque bacteria from areas that you cannot reach with your toothbrush. Don’t smoke, as this can stain your teeth and gives you bad breath, and it can cause oral cancer. Regular six-monthly checkups and cleanings are the cornerstones of any good preventative dental care plan.