Oral health is increasingly linked to overall health, with many chronic conditions, including harmful infections, often starting in the mouth. The Oral Health America study found that 4 million emergency room visits from 2008 to 2010 involved a dental condition.

According to AARP’s report on What Your Mouth Says About Your Health, oral health can signify other conditions or issues, including diabetes, osteoporosis, acid reflux and oral cancer.  Like they reminded you to do when you were young, caregivers should remind their parents about the benefits of regular dental check-ups and practicing good home oral care — brushing, flossing and rinsing.

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