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Consumer Reports: If Your Gums Could Speak
Date:4/7/2008

n those settings, lax oral hygiene can foster a buildup of bacteria capable of causing respiratory infections.

Follow the ABCs of good oral care:

-- Eat a diet high in calcium and vitamins C and D and avoid sugary foods.

-- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily to remove plaque and bacteria.

-- See the dentist twice a year. If you smoke, have gum disease or diabetes, consider more frequent visits.

MAY 2008

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