Although the mouth is part of the body, we often think of it as something separate. We often ignore bleeding or tender gums, while an irritation or pain elsewhere in the body would mean a trip to the doctor. The reality is that oral health
problems could be a sign of something serious. In fact, research shows a link between oral disease and other health problems such as diabetes and certain kinds of pneumonia. There may even be a link between oral diseases and heart
disease and stroke, as well as premature and low birth-weight babies. While flossing your teeth won't guarantee you life-long health, maintaining good oral health is one step you can take as part of a healthier lifestyle. Others healthy
lifestyle habits you can make besides practising good oral hygiene are to eat a well-balanced diet, check your mouth regularly for signs of gum disease, don't smoke and, most importantly, visit your dentist on a regular basis.
Everything that happens in your mouth affects your whole body, which is why it is so important to visit your dentist regularly. Only your dentist has the training, skills and expertise to properly address all your oral health care needs.