A healthy mouth is an important part of a healthy body. Poor oral health can affect your quality of life by affecting your physical, mental and social well-being.
The Canadian Dental Association notes that research shows a correlation between oral disease and other health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, respiratory illness in older adults and pre-term and low birth-weight babies. Here are five solid steps to good oral health:
- Visit your dentist regularly.
- Keep your mouth clean (brush & floss).
- Eliminate or restrict sugar in your diet.
- Check your mouth regularly for tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancers.
- Avoid all tobacco products.