Your Mouth: Gateway to Your Body

Maintaining good oral health habits throughout our lifetime is vitally important because unhealthy bacteria in the mouth not only can harm your teeth and gums but may be associated with serious medical conditions. Research has shown that infections in the mouth may be associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pneumonia and other health problems that are common in older adults. It really only takes a few simple steps to be Mouth Healthy for Life: brushing and flossing daily, visiting your dentist regularly and eating nutritious foods. (Courtesy of the American Dental Association)

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