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Orthodontic Health Month

Why is dental hygiene health so important? Most of us are aware that poor dental hygiene can lead to tooth decay, periodontal disease and bad breath – but not brushing your teeth could also have consequences for more serious illnesses.

Did you know that there is a link between poor dental hygiene and heart disease? Bacteria from the gums can enter the bloodstream, attach to platelets and form blood clots which can trigger a heart attack. There are over 700 different types of bacteria co-existing in our mouths. That alone is a fantastic reason to brush and floss daily.

Periodontal disease has also been linked with Diabetes, Oral cancer and Kidney disease. Seeing your dentist regularly helps you and your dentist to watch for signs that can lead to these issues. Doing your part at home is just as important. Brushing and flossing daily will help keep you healthy. Take the time to invest in yourself and keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape!


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