Poor Oral Hygiene Leads to Health Problems?
Brush your teeth twice a day and floss-- blah, blah, blah…We’ve been told this since childhood, but no harm can come from skipping a few times right? Well, as it turns out, poor oral hygiene can lead to a number of different health problems aside from cavities.
Bacteria can accumulate in your gums from not brushing or flossing properly/regularly. As a result, your gums can become inflamed and bacteria can enter your blood stream, which causes plaque to accumulate in the arteries.
If you have gingivitis (inflamed gums) there is a possibility that the bacteria has exposure to nerve channels, which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
According to the Journal of Periodontology and Colgate, periodontal disease can cause pneumonia or other infections from simply breathing in the bacteria from your mouth.
Complications for those with Diabetes:
If you already have diabetes, the bacteria in your gums make controlling your blood sugar and other symptoms worse.
Who says you have to floss in the morning and at night? Try keeping a pack of floss in your pocket or purse, this allows you to start making healthier strides towards good hygiene. Try angling your toothbrush to a 45-degree angle facing your gums, and brush smarter not harder! Any step toward a better hygiene routine is a good one, your smile deserves the best.
At Kavanaugh Dentistry, our staff is equipped with the most up-to-date- knowledge on brushing and flossing techniques. We discuss the health of your gums, and check for cavities to ensure that you are on the right track. It is extremely important to take oral hygiene seriously, as it can cause other health issues as well.
Give us a call today to schedule a hygiene or operative appointment; we are always accepting new patients! If you’re a current patient, take advantage of the free whitening promotion we have going on HERE.