Bacteria and plaque accumulate on your teeth and gums when you ignore your oral health. These bacteria can spread beyond your mouth and penetrate your entire body. This means practicing good oral hygiene is beneficial for your overall health.
Reduced Cardiovascular Disease Risk
When bacteria enter the bloodstream via your mouth, they can accumulate in the arteries and harden. This type of artery blockage can lead to atherosclerosis, a devastating form of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease (heart disease) is the leading cause of death in America, accounting for one in four deaths.
Improved Respiratory Health
Oral bacteria can enter the body via the bloodstream or the air we breathe. Every time you breathe, bacteria from your mouth enter your lungs. This puts you at risk for respiratory diseases, including bronchitis and pneumonia.
Lower Cancer Risks
While proper dental hygiene may not guarantee cancer-free status, it does lessen the risk of many cancers, notably blood cancers. This is because decreased oral bacteria mean less danger of bloodstream infection.
Brain Cell Protection
Tartar buildup causes the mouth to emit chemicals that can destroy brain cells. When oral bacteria enter the bloodstream and nerve channels, it increases the risk of memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Reduced Joint Inflammation
Uncontrolled oral bacteria can cause systemic inflammation, increasing your chance of developing inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of arthritis (the most common form) that causes inflammation in the joints, heart and blood vessels.
Diabetes Complications are Reduced
Periodontal disease and dental infections can impair blood sugar management, making diabetes more difficult to manage. Furthermore, it is not uncommon for blood sugar levels to rise as gum disease progresses.
Reduced Kidney Disease Risk
Oral bacteria can increase your risk of developing chronic kidney disease and dying if you already have it.
Better Fertility and Pregnancy Health
Check your teeth if you’re having fertility troubles. Gum disease impacts not only progesterone and estrogen levels but also fertility therapies. In addition, mild or severe gum disease can induce premature births and low birth weights.
Oral bacteria in the bloodstream can induce inflammation of the blood vessels. Inflamed blood vessels can reduce blood flow to your genitals. Therefore, bad oral hygiene can lead to erectile dysfunction in men.
Schedule Regular Checkups to Reap the Benefits
You can take the first steps in protecting your health by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. In addition to your oral health regimen, schedule professional cleanings to remove tartar buildup twice a year. If you do, the dental team at ConfiDENT can help you protect your overall health by preventing oral health problems from developing in the first place. So, experience the benefits of good oral hygiene by scheduling your appointments today!