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Does Oral Health Equate to Overall Health?

There is a common saying that states, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” It gives the notion that preventing disease and illness is driven by eating healthy and maintaining a good diet. It gives the impression that what we consume determines our overall health, and helps avoid visits to the doctor.

While this is true, to some extent, how we manage our oral health can also determine the health of our body. That’s right, maintaining good oral hygiene can help us prevent many diseases. According to the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute, research shows that 95% of Americans regard their oral health as a critical part of their general well-being.

Good oral hygiene is essential for maintaining good overall health. Imagine what life would be like without a healthy mouth. We use our mouths to talk, to drink and eat, to smi