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A Good Smile Can Save Your Life

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Taking good care of your teeth and gums lowers the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and Alzheimer?s disease.? Brushing five minutes a day can add years to your life, not to mention improving your looks and your breath. In fact, neglecting to brush, floss and skipping dental visits can actually be fatal.

  • Not brushing every night boosts the risk of death by 20 to 35 percent.
  • Never flossing increases the mortality risk by 30 percent.
  • Not seeing a dentist every year raises the risk of death by up to 50 percent.

That?s not all. Those who wear dentures have a 30 percent higher mortality risk than those with 20 or more of their natural teeth.

What?s the connection between oral health and long life?? Gum disease is a threat for heart attacks and strokes. If you have inflammation of the gums, connective tissue, and bone supporting your teeth, your risk of a fatal heart attack or stroke doubles.

What are the warning signs of gum disease?

  • Red, swollen or tender gums or mouth pain.
  • Your gums bleed when you brush, floss or eat hard food
  • Your gums are pulling away from your teeth (your teeth look longer than they used to)
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Pus between your gums and teeth
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together)

The solution is easy: brush your teeth twice a day, and before you go to bed.

Also:

  • Use fluoride toothpaste
  • Brush your tongue
  • ?Floss once a day
  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash.
  • Don?t smoke
  • See your dentist regularly

A trained, professional Home Care Nurse can assist you with bathing, dressing and the?oral hygiene needed to?ensure that?your?teeth along with?the rest of your body remains healthy.

 

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