Did you know that your mouth helps your overall health? Even kids are taught early on that excess plaque and bacteria can be bad for your teeth and gums. But did you know that they can also contribute to illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease?

Bacteria can grow inside your mouth because its a moist and warm environment. Too much bad bacteria can cause oral infections like tooth decay and gum disease. Those infections lead to dental procedures, medications, or treatments that reduce saliva flow and disrupt the normal balance of bacteria in your mouth. It then becomes easier for bacteria to go into your blood, and cause damage over time.

Here is a panel discussion from the dental experts of TopDentists.com further explaining the correlation between mouth and body: http://www.topdentists.com/oral-health/expert-panel-on-oral-health-and-serious-diseases/.

So to keep your whole body health, Brush teeth twice a day, Change your toothbrush every 4 months, Floss daily, Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and see your dentist regularly. Remember, taking care of your mouth is also a great way to help maintain your overall health.

Guest blogger Alisa Vilabrea writes for Top Dentists and EverydayHealth as a freelance contributor.

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