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By now most people are aware that your good health is dependent on being healthy in all aspects of your body; Healthy body, healthy mind, healthy person.

It seems logical that if one organ or system is not functioning properly that other organs or systems may be affected. Have you ever stopped to think about how your mouth figures into the equation?

As it turns out, the mouth, or oral cavity, may be one of the most important parts of your whole body when it comes to your health. It makes sense really, as everything that goes into your body pretty much goes through your mouth.

There are up to 800 different forms of bacteria that can live in your mouth. Normal oral flora is a balance of bacteria that work together in your best interest. When that balance of bacteria gets upset then the system can get out of whack, so to speak. Bad bacteria can take over and the good bacteria get over taken.

Some of these bacteria can cause gum disease and decay. As it turns out, when the bad bacteria take over, it can increase your risk of many serious systemic illnesses; heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, pancreatic cancer and on and on.

How do you keep this from happening? The most important thing you can do is to have a regular professional prophylaxis, or cleaning, and make sure there is no decay or periodontal disease. If you do have any infection with your teeth or gums, don’t put it off. Get your oral health in good shape. Proper daily brushing and flossing are critical to your good oral health. Most importantly, start with the professional cleaning then follow up on recommended treatment.

A good well balanced diet low in sugars and animal fat is also a great idea. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the best foods to eat. Protect your heart, and the rest of you, by taking proper care of your mouth.