Oral HealthIllustration by Elaine Liu

The payoffs of good oral hygiene extend way beyond the mouth — to our hearts, brains, bones, blood pressure, and even to our potential offspring. Poor dental upkeep has been linked to cardiovascular disease, memory problems, stress, and pregnancy complications. For whole-body health, flossing, brushing, rinsing, and visiting your dentist on a regular basis are key!

The Takeaway: Brush twice daily, and floss and rinse before bedtime to keep the rest of your body healthy.

Make it Happen Like a Greatist: Chew a stick of sugar-free gum after each meal you eat today to reduce plaque, strengthen teeth, and keep nasty mouth bacteria at bay.

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