Mouth & Oral Conditions

Mouth and oral health is closely linked to your general health and wellbeing. Many times problems of the mouth or oral cavity are one of the first clues to other health problems. Your mouth is an entry point for bacteria to enter the rest of your body. Good oral hygiene with brushing and flossing of your teeth helps keep bacteria under control. Additionally, many medications reduce the production of saliva, which helps keep bacteria under control. 

Conditions that can be linked to oral health include:

  • Endocarditis – inflammation of the lining around the heart
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Pregnancy and birth complications
  • Pneumonia

Some common problems of the mouth and oral cavity are:

  • Cold sores
  • Canker sores
  • Thrush
  • Dry mouth
  • Tooth or gum problems
  • Bad breath

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You can keep your mouth healthy and protect against oral conditions by doing the following things:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice daily
  • Floss daily
  • Use mouthwash after bruising and flossing
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit sugar intake
  • Replace your toothbrush at least every three months
  • Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings
  • Avoid tobacco use