Good oral hygiene is an important factor in achieving a healthier lifestyle, especially in adults. Eating a balanced diet, brushing and flossing daily and regular dental checkups are vital in preventing periodontal disease and maintaining your overall health.
Research has indicated possible links between the bacteria causing gum disease and systemic diseases like cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and pre-term birth; therefore, visiting your dentist regularly is imperative. In addition to examining and cleaning your teeth, your dentist will screen you for oral cancer, which generally occurs in people ages 45 and older.
Having a healthy smile as you get older isn’t just for aesthetic reasons. It keeps you on the road to optimum oral health.