By Nicole Catanese, Refinery29
.You brush your teeth, do a quick rinse with mouthwash, and floss (pretty much) every day. So, your teeth and your mouth are in tip-top shape, right? Well, hopefully if you were lucky enough to be born with the anti-cavity and never-a-root-canal genetic jackpot. But the truth is, doing what you can to ward off cavities and have a bling-y white smile is not (or should not) be your only focus. Your mouth is a straight shot to the rest of your body and what's happening in there could be a red flag for - or the instigator - of some potentially serious health concerns.
"There is an association between inflammation of the gum tissue and inflammatory processes in other parts of the body," says Gregg Lituchy, a cosmetic dentist at Lowenberg & Lituchy in NYC. And if you think about it, that makes sense - your mouth is literally a direct link to your insides. And it's a place where icky bad breath and post-eating gook thrives, which can then go well, everywhere.
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1 pound sea scallops, quartered
1 bunch radishes, very thinly sliced
1 shallot, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 cup multi-color grape tomatoes, quartered
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions, white and light green parts only (about 3)
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons salt
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Lime wedges, for serving
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