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Oral care is non-negotiable, and comprehensive mouth maintenance has been linked to overall health. “So many people are concerned about diet and exercise, yet they fail to take proper care of their teeth and gums,” explains cosmetic dentist Dr. Brian Kantor of Lowenberg, Lituchy & Kantor in New York City. “There’s a definitive connection between gum disease and higher rates of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and more. A healthy mouth leads to a healthy body, and it’s never too late to start,” he says.
In addition to brushing twice a day, you should be flossing and using an antiseptic rinse once a day, and Dr. Kantor also offers these tips for maximizing oral health—and y