It is common knowledge that practicing good oral hygiene is important to maintain healthy teeth. What many people may not realize, however, is that simple brushing and flossing of the teeth can help protect your overall health. Studies have shown a strong link between oral and systemic health — when one suffers, you increase your risk of developing more serious conditions in the other. This mouth body connection is why Dr. Daniel S. Lauer so strongly encourages patients to practice good oral hygiene.
Our experienced periodontist recommends people be proactive in achieving optimal health, both oral and systemic, by doing the following:
- Brushing twice daily
- Flossing every day
- Having dental checkups and cleanings at least every six months
- Seeing an oral health professional if any concerns arise
Although gum disease can still occur despite good oral hygiene habits, Dr. Lauer believes patients can significantly lower their risk of developing gum disease and, consequently, more serious health issues throughout the body when they make oral hygiene a priority.
If you would like to learn more about the mouth body connection and how you can protect yourself, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us. Stay tuned for our next blog post, detailing factors that can influence your risk of developing gum disease.