Routine visits to the dentist, in addition to brushing and flossing daily, are considered to be signs of good oral hygiene. But did you know that the benefits aren’t just limited to a sparkly smile and fresh breath?
Maintaining good dental health benefits the rest of your body and increases your overall wellbeing.
Here we take a look at a few of those benefits.
Being negligent in taking care of your oral hygiene may result in a number of diseases;
- Dementia: gingivitis related bacteria can enter our brains either through the bloodstream or the nerve channels found in the head. This can also increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
- Worsens diabetic problems: periodontal disease and gum inflammation make it more difficult to control the blood sugar levels.
- Cardiovascular diseases:gum inflammation can also cause bacteria to enter our bloodstream and eventually reach the arteries in our heart causing atherosclerosis (constricting of arteries).
This further causes plaque development on the inner walls of the arteries restricting the flow of blood. Such a condition greatly increases the risk of a stroke or heart attack. If the heart’s inner linings are infected, the condition escalates to something known as endocarditis.
- Respiratory infections: According to research, gum disease causes our lungs to get infections, which may give rise to pneumonia. This happens as the air we breathe carries with it the bacteria found in infected gums and teeth.
- Pregnancy: Periodontitis has been noted to play a part in low birth weight and premature births. Such oral infections contain bacteria which releases toxins which are then carried by the bloodstream and find their way to the mother’s placenta. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimatedthat 18 percent of low weight baby births were attributed to bad oral hygiene.
- AIDS/HIV: Lack of proper oral care can create conditions in the mouth conducive for infectious microbes. It is also found that people with HIV/AIDS are more susceptible to mucosal lesions, which prove to be quite painful.
- Pancreatic Cancer:According to a study involving 216 participants with pancreatic cancer, 67 were found to have periodontal diseases. The study showed a link between the production of carcinogenic compounds and gum inflammation.
In addition to the above-mentioned disease prevention, maintaining good oral hygiene also contributes toward increasing one’s confidence and self-esteem.
Our family dentists in Bethesda, Maryland have attended to thousands of patients with an experience of around twenty years. Book an appointment today and attain benefits that won’t just be limited to your dental health!