You don’t think much about your mouth unless something goes wrong, but your oral health is very connected to your physical, emotional and social well-being.
You use your mouth to express affection, feed yourself and defend yourself both verbally and physically.
Two hundred years ago, a baby who couldn’t coordinate their tongue and jaws along with breathing in order to feed, died. Even now, an infant’s suck response reflects their overall motor development.
As an adult, if you don’t have healthy teeth, adequate saliva or jaw strength, the kinds of foods you can eat are limited.
Infections in your teeth and gum can lead to serious heart disease. Tongue, salivary gland, tonsil and throat cancers, especially in men, have increased over the past decade due to the human papillomavirus.
Be aware of the risks. Keep your mouth healthy and clean. See your dentist regularly. You’ll be glad you did.
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