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Oral care is non-negotiable, and comprehensive mouth maintenance has been linked to overall health. â€œSo many people are concerned about diet and exercise, yet they fail to take proper care of their teeth and gums,â€ explains cosmetic dentist Dr. Brian Kantor of Lowenberg, Lituchy & Kantor in New York City. â€œThereâ€™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 itâ€™s never too late to start,â€ 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 maxi