Oral Health Tips for a Timeless Smile

It is well known that taking care of your body, including your teeth and gums, is an important part of healthy aging. Yet, despite recognizing the importance of oral health, many individuals are not taking the essential steps to maintain their smile.

According to a 2008 study by the American Dental Association, Crest and Oral-B, “The Public Speaks Up on Oral Health Care: An ADA and Crest/Oral-B Survey,” more than eight in 10 adults aged 50 to 64 believe maintaining healthy teeth and gums is essential to overall good health, yet only a third say they’re taking the proper steps to do so. That’s exactly the kind of statistic that has health experts worried.

Probiotics May Boost Oral Health

If yogurt sales are any indication, Americans have accepted the idea that probiotic foods – those that contain beneficial bacteria – can improve health. But “good” bacteria don’t just live in the digestive system. Now, one company has developed a probiotic mint that can promote optimal oral health.

The human mouth teems with bacteria. But contrary to popular belief, not all of those bacteria are to blame for bad breath and tooth decay. Good bacteria actually promote better oral health – they keep gums healthy and breath fresh. It’s only when “bad” bacteria overpopulate the mouth that mouth odor, tooth decay and gum disease occur.