Neglecting your teeth can cause several problems if left untreated. According to the American Dental Association, the mouth is a gateway to your body’s overall health and neglecting your teeth can have an impact on more than your mouth. You may give oral care a second thought after reading this article.
What Risks Lie in Wait Due to Neglecting Your Teeth?
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Garlic, and onions are not the only things to cause bad breath. Poor oral hygiene is a major cause of halitosis. If you don’t remove the bacteria in your mouth by daily brushing and flossing your teeth, it will flourish, causing cavities and bad breath.
Gums are not supposed to bleed when you brush and floss your teeth. Neglecting your teeth can cause gingivitis, the milder form of gum disease which makes gums red, swollen, and quick-to-bleed. This is a response to the bacteria in the plaque that builds up between your teeth and gums. Gingivitis can advance to a more serious form of gum disease, called periodontitis. At this stage gum disease can destroy tissues and bones that support your teeth. Periodontitis can cause teeth to loosen or lead to tooth loss, and although it is common, it is largely preventable and is usually the result of poor oral hygiene.
You’ve heard the saying dentists often use “You don’t have to brush all of your teeth, just the ones you want to keep”. Adults 20 to 64 have lost an average of seven (permanent) teeth, and 10 percent of Americans between the ages of 50 and 64 have absolutely no teeth left. Cavities and gum disease can be the cause of tooth loss.
Oral Health Impacts Your Overall Health and Longevity
Research indicates that the relationship between diabetes and periodontitis may be a two-way street. Diabetes is a risk factor for periodontitis, and periodontitis may be a risk factor for developing diabetes. Some studies have indicated that in patients with both conditions, controlling periodontitis may improve diabetes control.
According to a recent study, people with periodontal disease were 4.5 times more likely to have chronic kidney disease. The study confirmed that periodontitis may be a significant risk for kidney disease, even after controlling the underlying health conditions that contribute to both.
Several studies suggest a connection between gum disease and heart disease due to bacteria from your mouth entering the bloodstream. These bacteria attach to plaque in your arteries, causing inflammation and increasing your chances for developing clots and blockages that lead to heart attacks.
Don’t Neglect Your Teeth and Gums
Your mouth provides the right environment for more than 700 different strains of bacteria to grow. Most of them are harmless, but a few can create a variety of health problems if not eliminated through daily oral care.Good dental hygiene should be an important part of your daily routine.
Your best weapons against disease and cavities are your soft-bristled toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste twice a day, along with dental floss and mouthwash before bed. And most importantly, regular check-ups every 6 months with Dr. Angela S. Evanson, DDS.
Dr. Evanson provides expert dental care for the whole family and is committed to each individual and their dental needs. Located in Parker, Colorado, she also provides dental treatment for those in the surrounding communities of Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Castle Rock and Lone Tree. Call (720) 409-0008 to make an appointment or contact us online to make an appointment.
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