Palmetto Health reminds community that maintaining good oral hygiene habits is crucial to your overall health

Palmetto Health reminds community that maintaining good oral hygiene habits is crucial to your overall health

Posted on 3/19/2018

March 20 is World Oral Health Day

A healthy mouth and healthy body go hand in hand. Palmetto Health is reminding the community that maintaining a healthy mouth is crucial to keeping your body functioning correctly, maintaining overall health and quality of life. To create awareness on how oral health affects your body and overall health, World Oral Health Day is celebrated globally every year March 20.

More than 120 diseases, including diabetes, HIV, psoriasis, leukemia and systemic lupus, can have symptoms appear in your mouth. James Curtis, D.M.D., Palmetto Health-USC Dentistry, said, “Having good oral health and attending regular checkups with a dentist will help with prevention and early detection of oral disease.”

According to the World Health Organization, 60 to 90 percent of schoolchildren and nearly 100 percent of adults have dental cavities, often leading to pain and discomfort.

Curtis added, “The truth is a healthy body cannot exist without a healthy mouth. What you put in your mouth and how you care for your mouth plays a major part in your overall health.”

It’s never too late or too early to start proper oral health habits. Here’s a few tips:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a good quality fluoride toothpaste that has been approved by the American Dental Association.
  • Floss daily to remove the plaque between teeth that leads to tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Limit sweets and high-sugar foods that increase the chance of tooth decay.
  • Keep regular dental appointments (usually every six months) to have your teeth cleaned and examined.
  • Instill good oral habits in children for a lifetime of healthy mouths and healthy bodies.

Many general health conditions increase the risk of oral diseases. Diabetes can increase the risk of gum disease, and gum disease (periodontitis) can make it more difficult to control diabetes.

Palmetto Health-USC Dentistry is a comprehensive dental facility that offers preventive, specialty and esthetic dentistry for our community in Columbia and across the Midlands of South Carolina. To make an appointment, call 803-434-6567. For more information about dentistry, visit Palmetto Health-USC Dentistry.

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