The mouth is home to hundreds of species of bacteria. Known collectively as plaque, these microbes are typically harmless, but they can cause trouble if left unchecked. Poor oral health leads to gum disease. It can also impact systemic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and, potentially, even Alzhiemer’s and rheumatoid arthritis, among others.

In this video, produced by Scientific American Custom Media for Crest and Oral-B, we explore the connection between oral and whole body health, along with preventive measures that can keep the mouth—and body—in top condition.

To learn more about the connections between oral and general health, visit the dedicated page from Crest + Oral-B