Health Consequences of Poor Oral Hygiene
health effects of poor dental care
Ever since we were little, we were constantly pestered about the importance of
dental care and regular oral hygiene. We learned about the importance of washing our teeth after every meal, about
flossing and visiting our dentist on a regular basis, but also we learned how certain foods can harm our teeth and
cause serious dental issues. While gum disease, tooth decay and tooth erosion were some of the most common dental problems, in
recent years, professional dental workers have begun pointing out some more severe health consequences of poor
dental hygiene. Taking good care of your teeth can help you avoid some of these major health issues:
|Good dental hygiene will preserve your beautiful smile
While establishing a connection between a simple toothache and a fatal coronary
heart disease might seem impossible, researchers have found that in certain cases, periodontal disease can lead to
strokes, heart attacks and even some fatal coronary diseases. This occurs when the bacteria caused by the
inflammation of the gums enters the bloodstream and clogs the arteries. This leads to increased risk of heart
attacks, while clogging the carotid artery increases the possibility of suffering a stroke.
|Regular dental checkups will keep your teeth and gums healthy
Patients who are prone to respiration issues such as acute bronchitis or asthma
are in increased risk of suffering from some major breathing problems, as a result of bacteria from infected teeth
or gums. Allegedly, gum disease can cause a bacterium to travel through the bloodstream and cause an infection on
the lungs. This can later have some major health consequences such as pneumonia aspiration or
even COPD - Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Regular dental checkups combined with good oral hygiene and dental care will
and even eliminate most of the potential teeth and gum problems.
It’s not uncommon to witness bacteria entering the bloodstream or even certain
nerve channels. These kinds of occurrences can greatly impact the brain. Studies have shown a tight correlation
between gingivitis and memory loss, which can later lead to early development of Alzheimer’s disease. In some more
severe cases, these infections have been known to release substances which can increase brain inflammation, which
can cause brain death.
|Unless you take a good care of your teeth and gums,
it can result in serious health consequences and major health issues.
A study conducted by researchers from the University of Helsinki and Karolinska
Institute in Sweden links poor oral hygiene to increased risk of cancer deaths. The results of the study show that
greater levels of dental plaque were
associated with a 79% increase in odds of dying of cancer over the 24 years of follow-up. Chronic inflammations
can also lead to a weakened immune system and other health consequences which show a 400% increased risk of
getting oral cancer.
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Similar to patients with respiratory problems, people who suffer from diabetes are known to be more susceptible to periodontal
and gum diseases. It’s also important to note that periodontal diseases make it that much difficult to control
blood sugar, which can create even more diabetic complications. This is exactly why people who suffer from diabetes
are urged to take extra caution when it comes to dental care and also to strictly follow instructions from their
dental surgeon. If caught on time, these inflammations can easily be regulated by a simple root canal procedure which removes the diseased nerve, whilst preserving the tooth. These treatments are
quite effective for treating the damaged pulp in the tooth and can also help those with diabetes keep their
dental health in order.
If toothaches and teeth cavities weren’t good enough reasons to maintain a proper
oral hygiene and pay regular visits to the dentist’s office, perhaps these few reasons might change your mind and
give you the strength to overcome the everlasting fear of the dentists. Establishing good oral hygiene habits can
help you prevent all kinds of illnesses, from minor aches to some major and severe diseases.
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Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate writer. In her
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