Research shows that poor oral health can contribute to the development of heart disease and increase the risk of stroke .
It can also pose a serious threat to those with health problems such as diabetes, respiratory disease or osteoporosis.
Poor oral hygiene can also lead to gum disease, or Gingivitis, which can cause Periodontitis if not treated by your dentist.
Periodontitis involves an inflammation of the gums and bone loss, and can also lead to teeth loss if untreated.
Remember to clean your teeth correctly to help remove bacterial plaque, leaving a clean tooth surface.
Brushing and flossing your teeth helps you to maintain a healthy mouth.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is important for everyone to ensure healthy teeth and overall well being and vitality.
It is recommended that you visit your dentist every 6 months to achieve this.
American Academy of Periodontology,The Mouth-Body Connection, accessed April 2011 http://www.perio.org/consumer/mbc.top2.htm