Oral Health Affects Overall Health
Your oral health is more important than you might realize. Good dental or oral care is important to maintaining healthy teeth, gums and tongue. Oral problems, including bad breath, dry mouth, canker or cold sores, tooth decay, or gum disease are caused by the build up of bacteria in the mouth. The resulting inflammation can contribute to or affect other diseases in the body. This is why routine exams, proper diagnosis of potential issues and daily care are so important.
Dr. Liveoak can diagnose, treat and manage important aspects of your oral health, including a screening for oral cancer.
You can protect your oral health by practicing good oral hygiene everyday:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Floss daily
- Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if bristles are frayed
- Schedule regular dental checkups
- Avoid foods with high acidity. You may be surprised to learn that acid causes more damage to teeth than sugar. Learn the truth about Your Teeth vs Soda
- Recognize signs of Tooth Erosion
Contact your dentist as soon as an oral health problem arises. Remember, taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.