Did you know that your oral health can offer clues about your overall health — or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Understand the intimate connection between oral health and overall health and what you can do to protect yourself.
Like many areas of the body, your mouth is teeming with bacteria — most of them harmless. Normally the body's natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.
In addition, certain medications — such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers and diuretics — can reduce saliva flow. Saliva washes away food and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth, helping to protect you from microbial invasion or overgrowth that might lead to disease.
Studies also suggest that oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with periodontitis — a severe form of gum disease — might play a role in some diseases. In addition, certain diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS, can lower the body's resistance to infection, making oral health problems more severe.
Your oral health might affect, be affected by, or contribute to various diseases and conditions, including:
Because of these potential links, be sure to tell your dentist if you're taking any medications or have had any changes in your overall health — especially if you've had any recent illnesses or you have a chronic condition, such as diabetes.
To protect your oral health, practice good oral hygiene every day. For example:
Also, contact your dentist as soon as an oral health problem arises. Remember, taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.
Flashing your best, most healthy smile means brushing well and often. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends brushing teeth twice a day for dental hygiene and to help promote dental health. Make the most of that time by giving your brushing technique a refresher.
You've been brushing your teeth your whole life, but are you getting the most from your efforts? The following technique will help you get the most thorough clean.
Crest toothpastes contain fluoride, which helps strengthen weak spots and prevent tooth cavities. And whether you're looking for tartar protection, a rush of flavor, or dentist-inspired protection, we've got a toothpaste that's right for you.
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Most dental professionals recommend replacing your toothbrush every three months. To remind yourself, write the date you should change your toothbrush in permanent marker on the handle.
A healthy, beautiful smile and whiter teeth can lead to a boost in self-confidence and even a younger appearance.
Maybe you’ve thought about teeth whitening, but aren’t sure which options are right for you. Whatever your reasons for wanting to whiten your teeth, there are many choices to consider. Crest offers a range of whitening products from toothpastes to rinses to whitening strips to give you the whiter teeth you’re after.
Crest Whitestrips use the same enamel-safe ingredient dental professionals use, so you get great results and whiter teeth easily, at home. Best of all, every Crest Whitestrips teeth whitening system provides you with a brighter, more beautiful smile — guaranteed.
There are several Crest Whitestrips teeth whitening systems to choose from. If you're looking for the whitest smile, try Crest Whitestrips Supreme, which is only available from your dental professional. Crest Whitestrips Pro-Effects is also a good choice.
If you like to whiten on the go try Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal, which stay on so securely, you can do just about anything while you whiten. You can even drink water!
If you’re short on time or have teeth sensitive to whitening, Crest 3D White Whitestrips Gentle Routine offers 5-minute, once-a-day convenience, while Crest 3D White Advanced Vivid Enamel Renewal Toothpaste gives you the added benefit of strengthening and rebuilding enamel.
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To help keep your smile bright and help prevent tooth staining, avoid stain-causing food and activities such as smoking, drinking coffee, tea, or cola or wine, and eating dark-colored berries. If you can't completely eliminate these from your routine, be sure to brush soon after smoking, eating or drinking.