Dental health is crucial for overall health. Many people ignore dental health because of cost or discount it for other medical issues. Poor dental health can lead to a number of other medical problems including heart disease, cancer, disorders of the face and jaw, and pre-term labor. Luckily, there are a number of things that can be done to prevent oral disease.
Brush your teeth (with a toothpaste containing fluoride) after every meal or at least twice a day. Flossing is something that is often forgotten, but is vital to complete oral health. You should floss at least once a day.
Avoid foods, such as coffee, tea, and soft drinks that cause staining or yellowing of your teeth. Sugary foods and drinks cause plaque to grow, which leads to decay.
Make it a priority to visit your dentist for routine cleanings at least twice a year, or more if suggested by your dentist.
Preventing oral disease will save you time, money, pain, and ensure overall health. Mosaic Health offers dental services to people of all ages and accepts all forms of health insurance, including child health plus, and medicaid. The health center is located at 1 Murray Hill Drive in Mt. Morris.
For more information on dental health, please contact the Livingston County Department of Health at
243-7299 or visit our website at www.livingstoncounty.us/doh.htm.