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Did you know that good oral hygiene is also a step toward a healthier life? Given that recent research suggests potential links between the bacteria that cause periodontal (gum) disease and systemic diseases, prevention of periodontal disease is an important step in maintaining overall health.

Brushing and flossing daily, eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks, and regular visits to your dentist will help you maintain a healthy smile.

The importance of regular dental check-ups cannot be overemphasized. In addition to checking your teeth, your dentist looks also for signs of diseases such as oral cancer. Alert your dentist to any sores, swelling or discoloration that you find on your tongue, lips, cheek, throat, jawbone, or palate. Because the majority of oral cancers occur in people older than 45, dental checkups are increasingly important to detect cancerous lesions in early, more easily treatable stages.

Today, many adults are enhancing their smiles with braces, veneers and whitening products to keep their smiles young and healthy looking. Talk to your dentist about these options.

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