Dental Health

Healthy Teeth and a Healthy You

A healthy body starts with a healthy mouth. There are simple strategies that can help you avoid common oral-health problems, including gum disease (also known as gingivitis, and its more advanced form, periodontitis), cavities, and the clenching and grinding that can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

To prevent gum disease, brush your teeth twice a day using toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush and be sure to floss once a day. You can also rinse daily with an antiseptic mouthwash.

Be sure you are brushing your teeth the right way. Dentists recommend these tips when you are brushing at home:

  • Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums.
  • Move the brush back and forth gently in tooth-wide strokes.
  • Brush the outer tooth surfaces, the inner tooth surfaces and the top of the teeth.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath

Taking care of your teeth isn't just about having a nice smile and pleasant breath. Recent research has found a number of links between oral health and overall health. While in many cases, the nature of this link still isn't clear what is certain is that the condition of your mouth is closely tied to your overall physical health.