Everyone loves the brilliance of a friendly smile and the pleasure of chewing their favorite foods. But your teeth and gums can impact your life in ways well beyond how you look and what you eat. Over the past 30 years, researchers have learned that the health of your gums can directly affect your overall health in very dramatic ways. Here's a look at what we know and how you can help control your risk.
You probably know that your mouth is home to one of the largest populations of bacteria in your body. While they’re an independent bunch, you can dramatically influence their effect on your health. It starts with understanding how the key bacterial players operate and your role in altering their destructive tendencies.
Your teeth and the surrounding jaw muscles present a powerhouse capable of crushing even the hardest foods to pieces. But sometimes we use our teeth in ways that push them to the limit and lead to unnecessary problems and treatment. Learn about one habit that may accelerate the breakdown of your teeth and how to read the symptoms your teeth share with you.
Unhealthy habits often seem benign, producing nearly undetectable changes to our bodies for a long time. But a little bit of damage leads to a little bit more, and the impact often shows after irreversible problems develop. As the hardest substance in your body, teeth can handle a lot of wear and tear.