Mississippi State Department of Health

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body


When you brush and floss the right way, you lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes and other conditions. Keeping a healthy mouth keeps your entire body healthier.

Why Does Oral Health Matter?

More and more health conditions are being linked to your oral health as a result of bacteria and inflammation that occur in the mouth. Gum disease can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and contribute to a wide range of chronic health problems, such as:

More than 45 percent of adults 30 years and older have some form of gum disease, which increases their risk for these health problems.

Warning Signs to Watch For

See your dentist if you notice any of these signs of gum or mouth infection:

Four Steps to Great Oral Health

Lower your risk for oral and chronic diseases with the Daily 4:

Get the Facts

Explore oral health and the healthy mouth/healthy body connection with these fact sheets:

Brush Right!

Is there a right way to brush teeth? You bet there is! Watch a professional dentist show you the best way to brush in just two minutes.

Brushing and Flossing: Step by Step

More Information

Links referenced on this page
Eat a balanced, low sugar diet    https://worldoralhealthday.org/factsheet-eat-balanced-low-sugar-diet
Oral health is overall health!    https://worldoralhealthday.org/factsheet-look-after-oral-health-overall-health
Practice a good oral hygiene routine    https://worldoralhealthday.org/factsheet-practice-good-oral-hygiene-routine
Good oral health habits start early    https://worldoralhealthday.org/factsheet-start-good-oral-health-habits-early
Why you should visit your dentist regularly    https://worldoralhealthday.org/factsheet-visit-dentist-regularly
Download the step-by-step guide to brushing    https://www.adha.org/resources-docs/7221_Proper_Brushing.pdf
Download the step-by-step guide to flossing    https://www.adha.org/resources-docs/7222_Proper_Flossing.pdf
More tips for a healthy mouth    https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/world-oral-health-day-slideshow
Smart Actions for Dental Health    https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/world-oral-health-day-slideshow
Oral Health and Overall Health    http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20047475
Periodontal Disease and Your Heart    http://www.perio.org/consumer/perio_cardio.htm

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