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Good dental hygiene is imperative to good health.   Though I hope you are already doing it, here Brush your teethis one small thing you can do to reap huge health benefits:

Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day

Many people associate good dental hygiene with a bright, white, beautiful smile.  While cosmetic reasons can be a great motivator to promote brushing and flossing, health can be an even bigger reason to keep your pearly whites clean.
Periodontal Disease (inflammation/infection in the tissue around your teeth) has been associated with an increased risk of the following health concerns:
  • Premature birth in pregnant women
  • Dementia
  • Heart disease
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes
Here are some tips to help keep your mouth happy:
For people that are trying to lose weight and are struggling with mindless eating/snacking, I usually recommend that they brush their teeth after every time they eat.  Often times, having a clean mouth will help them to resist to urge to graze (on often unhealthy foods) throughout the day.
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Dina Garcia, RD, LDN
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