Headache Triggers

Headache Triggers

Avoid headaches with this simple and straightforward food plan. 

Snacks for Eyesight

Snacks for Eyesight

Keep your vision strong by making this a regular snack. 

Must-Have Superfood

Must-Have Superfood

This tasty legume singlehandedly combats diabetes, cancer and heart disease. 

Top 10 Cities with the Youngest SmilesBrush up on which U.S. cities have residents with the best smiles and oral health, according to RealAge Test data.

What Makes a Healthy Mouth?

What Makes a Healthy Mouth?

We considered two major factors for a healthy mouth: the number of teeth you have and if you have dry mouth. “If you have nice, healthy teeth, your risk for heart disease is relatively low,” says Roach. “If you’ve lost more than a few teeth, your risk for heart disease is sky high.” That’s because gaps left by missing teeth allow bacteria in to create inflammation around the mouth, which causes endovascular disease. Diabetes, gum disease, smoking, a high body mass index and even late-night snacking are all factors that can cost you your teeth.

A dry mouth -- which can be caused by medical illness, smoking and some medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants and antidepressants -- is also detrimental to oral health. “You need to have saliva in order for your periodontal membrane and gums to stay healthy and make a good barrier to protect against bacteria,” says Roach. Severe dry mouth can cause as many health problems as losing your teeth.