Thursday, September 18, 2008

Boost Your Oral Health I.Q. in Ten Minutes or Less!

Looking to brush up on the basics of oral hygiene and boost your overall health at the same time? AOL Health has put together a quick slide show, What Your Mouth is Telling You, that covers the essentials of dental health in a fun format:

Bad breath could be a sign that you overdid it on the shrimp scampi – or it could be a red flag for something more serious, from an abscessed tooth to diabetes.

When you brush and floss as instructed by your dentist, you’re helping to keep your heart healthy as well (but you knew that if you read this blog!).

Jaw pain can be the result of a tooth infection, stress-related tooth grinding – or it could be a warning sign for coronary artery disease. The ache could also signal the onset of cluster headaches.

"What Your Mouth is Telling You" also includes a section called “Chew Wisely,” which provides everything you need to know about choosing foods that will benefit your mouth and teeth, and delivers a few surprises along the way. Sure, we all know that apples are good for our teeth. But raisins, cheese and parsley?

Be sure to check it out!

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