You've been told by your dentist plenty of times that brushing and flossing every day are important in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. But did you know your oral hygiene habits can help prevent other diseases as well? If not kept at reasonable levels by proper oral care, the bacteria in your mouth can travel to other parts of your body, and may lead to cardiovascular diseases like endocarditis. Conversely, conditions such as diabetes and osteoporosis can put your teeth and gums at risk for infections. Maintaining your oral health through regular dental appointments is important in keeping your whole body healthy.