Why Dental Hygiene Is Important
Even at a young age, children are taught how to take care of their teeth and gums. But do you really know why dental hygiene is important?
You might say that practicing good oral hygiene is important in keeping dental problems at bay. Or perhaps you might say that it keeps your smile bright and healthy.
However, new research indicates that the condition of one’s oral health is linked to one’s overall health. That means that if you have good dental health, it is highly likely that you have excellent overall health. And conversely, if you have poor oral health, it is highly likely that you have poor overall health.
Furthermore, many studies say that having good oral health can actually help prevent some health problems.
Gum disease: Beyond oral health
Gum disease has long been associated with dental problems like tooth loss. However, new research suggests that this infection and the bacteria that causes it can also lead to other problems elsewhere in the body. Specifically, the bacteria responsible for gum disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, pre-term births, and low birth weights.
Furthermore, systemic diseases or diseases which affect different organs in the body manifest themselves through oral problems like dry mouth and gum problems. These diseases include diabetes, oral cancer, pancreatic cancer, kidney disease, heart disease, and leukemia.
This is one reason why you should regularly visit your dentist who can help diagnose and alert you of potential health problems that extend beyond oral health.
Complications of poor oral health
Apart from helping prevent dental problems, good oral hygiene can also help boost your overall health.
Conversely, if you have poor oral health, you can expect a host of different problems.
For one, poor oral health can lead to mouth and facial pains which can be attributed to gum infections. Eventually, gum infection can even lead to tooth loss.
Poor oral health has also been associated with problems related to the major organs, including the heart. One specific example of that is bacterial endocarditis which is the inflammation of the heart and its valves. People with heart disease or other heart-related issues are particularly vulnerable to this condition.
Poor oral health can also cause digestion problems like irritable bowel syndrome and intestinal failure.
What you can do to improve your oral health
Apart from brushing and flossing your teeth, there are a few other things that you can do to boost your oral health and overall health and prevent health issues.
For one, it is crucial that you visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and examinations.
Second, evaluate your diet and make the necessary changes to ensure that you get the vital nutrients and vitamins that your body needs.
Finally, if you are a smoker, consider quitting your habit as this has long been associated with oral and other health problems. Contact us today if to schedule an appointment!