Dental problems, such as tooth decay or gum disease, can affect the ability to eat and speak properly, cause pain and bad breath. Normally, the body's natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, keep bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that could lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Your teeth and gums hold important clues to other health problems.
Research shows that poor oral health can be a sign of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, premature births and osteoporosis. So, if you're interested in maintaining good overall health, as well as your smile, visit your dentist for a checkup and cleaning at least twice a year.