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Dental Dedication: Improve Your Oral Health

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  • A well-balanced oral microbiome is important for optimal health. Periodontal disease and Type 2 diabetes are strongly connected. Twice-daily use of mouthwash has also been linked to an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes — an effect thought to be due to its antimicrobial activity
  • Good oral hygiene has been shown to lower your risk of pneumonia by about 40 percent, and failing to brush twice a day increases your risk of dementia by 65 percent compared to brushing three times a day
  • When bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease enter your circulatory system, your liver releases inflammatory C-reactive proteins; chronic inflammation, in turn, is a hallmark of most chronic disease
  • A comprehensive oral health plan includes addressing your diet, reducing your net carb intake and, if needed, taking nutritional supplements that support your oral health
  • Other components of a comprehensive oral care plan include brushing daily with nonfluoridated toothpaste or a homemade toothpaste, daily flossing and oil pulling

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