Poor nutrition can affect the entire immune system, increasing susceptibility to many common oral disorders, including gum (periodontal) disease so eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables and nuts improve your body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation, helping to protect your teeth and gums. In addition, crisp fruits and raw vegetables, like apples, carrots and celery, help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath. Quit smoking since it has a negative effect on your health and smokers’ smiles are usually tarnished with staining. Brush twice daily and floss before bedtime. Brushing and flossing protect your teeth from decay and gum disease, which is caused by plaque – a sticky, colourless, invisible film of harmful bacteria that builds up on your teeth every day. Flossing is important for good oral health, because it removes plaque from between teeth and below the gumline, where decay and gum disease commonly start. Without proper brushing and flossing, you may develop bleeding gums, (gingivitis) and eventually gum disease (periodontitis). Because diseases of the mouth can affect the rest of your body, it is especially important to maintain good oral health. Also see your dentist for regular checkups. You can help prevent any dental health problems before they cause discomfort or require treatment.