At Smiles by Holsinger & Higgins, we are not just passionate about your oral health, but we care deeply about your overall health as well. Your mouth is considered the gateway to the body. This means that bacteria of all kinds are constantly entering your mouth and, therefore, your body. Bacteria can be on the food you eat, if you bite your nails, and if you breathe in harmful fumes, such as cigarette smoke. One of the best ways you can keep harmful bacteria at bay is to maintain a thorough oral hygiene routine. Unfortunately, the longer harmful bacteria remains in your mouth, it can negatively affect your overall health. We want to share three health issues that can be impacted by the way you care for your oral health.