Most people know that you should brush and floss your teeth regularly if you don’t want cavities or bad breath. But poor oral hygiene has been shown to cause more issues than that – some even potentially life-threatening. At Batavia Family Dental, we know that many of these problems could be prevented by adopting thorough oral hygiene habits, which includes going to the dentist regularly.
To fully understand where the situation stands, here are some health problems linked to the gum disease that comes with poor oral hygiene:
- The Risk Of Hypertension
Studies show direct causal links to systemic problem that is affecting 1 in 3 North Americans – hypertension. High blood pressure can lead to heart and kidney disease, and stroke. In this study, participants who had regular tooth brushing routines had a much lower incidence of hypertension. Known as the silent killer, hypertension often has no signs or symptoms, which is why it’s so important to have your blood pressure checked regularly.
- The Risk Of Developing Cancer
Studies have suggested that patients who have gum disease are at a higher risk of contracting cancer – even after taking into account lifestyle choices such as smoking and diet. These cancers include lung, kidney, pancreatic, and white blood cell cancers.
- The Risk Of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia which has been linked to some causal factors, including oral bacteria reaching the brain and causing inflammatory responses. Scientists believe that your body’s response to increased inflammation, including that from gum disease, may lead to nerve cell death and possibly memory loss over time.
- The Risk of Weight Gain
Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory infection that affects your entire body, including your metabolism. This can limit your ability to control your weight. There is a relationship between gum disease, obesity, and diabetes and it appears that that oral bacteria also affect your metabolism by aiding insulin resistance.
- The Risk Of Diabetes
If you allow your gum disease to progress unchecked, you have a higher chance of developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Years of international research, consistent results, and consensus confirm that the relationship between gum disease and diabetes is more complex than previously understood. Researchers continue to uncover links.
These are just five conditions that you could potentially prevent by improving your oral hygiene. Others include respiratory disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and erectile dysfunction. But you can help prevent these disease with regular oral care that includes brushing twice a day for at least two minutes, flossing daily, and seeing a dentist twice per year.
If it’s been a while since your last dental appointment, we’d love to welcome you to Batavia Family Dental and help you achieve oral – and overall – health.Batavia Family Dentist
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