Each time you have paid a visit to the dentist they have probably told you to brush and floss twice daily and to use some kind of antibacterial mouthwash. Being told this time and time again by your dentist does get repetitive but their reason for doing so is completely sound.
It is often assumed that dentists keep telling you this information in order for you to be able to maintain a healthy set of teeth and gums. However, this isn’t the only reason why listening and adhering to their advice is beneficial. You should pay attention to what your dentist says because your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body. In other words, your mouth is the way that most things get into your body, both good and bad. Maintaining a high level of dental hygiene is therefore important as it can prevent any harm being done to your body, ultimately leading to a healthier body. What follows are a few health issues that poor dental hygiene has been shown to lead to.
The inhalation of harmful bacteria can result in a number of respiratory problems arising, due to its presence in the lungs and throat. Examples include pneumonia, emphysema and bronchitis, which are all extremely harmful. If you already have respiratory problems there is a much greater risk of this happening and the effects can often be a lot worse.
Inflammation of Joints
Poor dental hygiene doesn’t just result in the inflammation of bacteria in the mouth and respiratory system. It has also been documented to be associated with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the joints. For those of you that don’t know suffering from this is far from a pleasant experience.
A number of studies have been published that show that there is an association with poor dental hygiene and issues with memory. A study by the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry found that those will poor dental hygiene tended to have a worse memory than those who didn’t.
Many different explanations have been presented as to why this is. The most common explanation is that harmful bacteria entering via the mouth is lodging itself in the cranial nerves causing a plaque to develop that is associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Another explanation is that harmful bacteria from the mouth narrows and blocks arteries reducing the flow of blood to the brain. Regardless of the reasoning time and time again poor dental health has been linked to poor memory.
Researchers for the American Academy of Periodontology found that individuals with bad dental hygiene were twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease than those without. The reason they gave was that harmful bacteria getting into the bloodstream through cuts in the mouth finds its way to the heart where it causes problems. It is important to say that poor dental health won’t necessarily cause heart disease but greatly increases the chance of it occurring.
What Can Be Done About This?
So far this all seems like a scare tactic. However, all these issues have been associated with poor dental health and whether you ask a Houston Dentist or a New York Dentist they will tell you the same thing. They will also be able to tell you that there are lots of things you can do to ensure great dental hygiene. Flossing and brushing twice a day is a must and using an antibacterial mouthwash is also advised. Also make sure that you go for regular check ups with your dentist as they will be able to give you the best advice. As long as you look after your mouth, these things won’t be an issue for you.
About the author: Samantha Priest is an Australian freelance writer, currently publishing in the Health industry.
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