How Oral Hygiene affects your Health

Taking care of your gums and teeth are an important piece to your overall health. Think about it, the mouth is the ultimate gateway into your body, so any bacteria from your mouth can travel to other parts of your body, risking exposure to other conditions and diseases. Here are some of the most extreme and serious effects poor dental hygiene can have on your body.

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Individuals who suffer from some types of periodontal disease are twice as likely to be diagnosed with heart disease. A narrowing of the arteries can be caused by plaque and bacteria that enters the body through the gums. From this bacteria, a clogging of the  arteries can occur and increase your risk of a severe heart attack. The blood vessel that sends blood to your brain can become blocked and increase your risk of suffering from a stroke as well.There are substances which are inflammatory in nature that can cause parts of your brain to die.Having poor oral hygiene can result in tooth loss which could lead to potential loss of memory which can then lead to dementia. By not taking care  of your mouth, bacteria has the potential to travel into your bloodstream and into your lungs where it can have a direct impact on your respiratory system. It puts you at a greater risk of suffering from acute bronchitis or chronic pneumonia according to studies performed by the Journal of Periodontology. If you’re someone that suffers from diabetes, you are more likely to contract certain infections. There have been multiple studies done showing that men who suffer from gum disease are almost fifty percent more likely to be diagnosed with kidney cancer or cancer of the pancreas and thirty percent more likely to be diagnosed with cancer within the blood. 

If the previous problems didn’t seem bad enough, there are many other diseases and conditions that could occur if you have poor dental hygiene. Poor dental hygiene also impacts your physical health and appearance. Loss of teeth can cause aesthetic problems. You can also experience mouth sores, gingivitis, and halitosis. Poor oral hygiene may not be something that you think about on a regular basis, but it should be. Not taking good care of your teeth and your gums can put you at serious risks for serious diseases and conditions that at times can be potentially fatal.

Make it a practice to brush and floss everyday and to keep up on your dental check-ups and to visit your dentist. Doing so not only leads to a better-looking smile, but it will also help you maintain a better level of overall health.