Looking after your teeth can help you to live longer

Looking after your teeth can help you to live longer

Surprisingly, looking after your teeth and gums doesn’t just give you an attractive smile but can also reduce your risk of suffering serious health problems in later life, such as stroke, diabetes and heart disease.

That’s because gum disease, which is usually caused by the presence of bacteria in tooth plaque, can affect the bloodstream and in the long-term this can damage the blood vessels of the heart and brain.

It’s therefore very important to brush your teeth well twice a day and to clean between the teeth with floss. It’s recommended that you brush your teeth for two to three minutes with fluoride toothpaste and it is also a good idea to rinse your mouth with mouthwash. Even if your teeth feel fine, be sure to visit your dentist for a routine check-up every six months. If you feel any discomfort in your gums or teeth, visit your dentist without delay to prevent small problems developing into more serious issues that could require removal of teeth. Also be aware that investing time in your teeth each day can help you to avoid the expense and inconvenience of major dental work in the future.

So, look after your smile to look after your overall health – and your bank balance.

Remember, it’s your life, your future, Your Health First.