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5 Adverse Ways How Dental Fitness Affects Overall Health

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Yes, you read that right! Bad oral health is just not about gingivitis and periodontal diseases, but can also make you trap various other diseases, thus deteriorating your overall health. This is because bacteria causing gum diseases can travel throughout the body and may lead to a range of health problems that you might not even be aware of.

Let’s have a quick look on how dental health is important and can affect your overall health if not taken proper care.

Why Is Oral Health Important?

1) It can hurt your heart

People with gum disease are doubly likely to contract coronary artery disease as against those without periodontitis. This is because injurious bacteria from your mouth enter your blood stream and attach themselves to fatty plaques in the blood vessels of your heart, causing inflammation and increasing your chance of clots, leading to heart attacks.

As these bacteria are foreign to the body, blood vessels feel invaded and attempt to kill them, as in the case of an infection. The resultant inflammation and swelling constricts blood vessels and hinders sufficient blood flow to major organs like brain and heart.

2) Your memory may get affected

A recent research indicates a connection between bad oral health and greater risk of dementia. A study of 144 nuns between ages of 75 and 98 found that those with fewer teeth had greater risk of dementia. Doctors believe that oral bacteria can get to the brain through cranial nerves connecting the jaw or by the bloodstream, and create the kind of plaque attributed to Alzheimer’s.

3) Periodontal disease and respiratory infections

Periodontal pocket acts as a reservoir for innumerable toxic bacteria. It acts as a risk component for respiratory infections like pneumonia and bronchitis. These bacteria can easily travel from the oral cavity towards the lungs. However, a good oral hygiene prevents the acquiring of respiratory infection linked bacteria from reaching the lungs.

4) Treating diabetes may get difficult

The importance of oral hygiene in daily life is tremendous as the mouth naturally houses various kinds of bacteria. The food starches and sugars interact with these bacteria and create a sticky film, called plaque, on your teeth. The acids in plaque enter your teeth enamel and dentil which can cause cavities.

Eventually, periodontitis can result in your gums plus the jawbone to pull away from the teeth that will cause loosening of the teeth and its dislodging. The advanced gum disease, Periodontitis also can lead to a blood sugar level increase and make controlling diabetes more difficult. Thus, restricting and treating periodontitis will aid in bettering blood sugar control.

5) Oral health and risk of premature birth

A recent research has revealed a connection between pregnancy problems, especially premature birth along with a rise in blood pressure and unrestricted periodontal disease. In an examination of the placenta of women with high blood pressure, one study displayed that 50% of the placentas tested affirmative for one type of oral bacteria. Another research also indicated the presence of oral bacteria in the amniotic fluid of pregnant women.

Simply put, due to hormonal changes in pregnancy, there is an increased danger of gum disease and bacteria transference to the developing baby. Pregnant women with periodontal or advanced gum disease can be at a higher risk of premature delivery and may give birth to low weight babies. Poor oral hygiene can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease. If you are negligent about oral care, you are placing both yourself and your baby at the perils of premature birth.

In fact, the bacteria responsible for tooth decay can be passed from mother to child in uteri. This is particularly dangerous because pregnancy is known to cause intense cravings for sweets. For these reasons and more, it is crucial that you take proper care of your mouth and body throughout your pregnancy.

Now that you know the importance of oral hygiene in daily life, it is only obvious to have a look upon the oral care tips that would help you in maintaining good dental hygiene throughout.

Expert Oral Care Tips To Stick To

  • Wear dentures

Dentures contribute to your oral wellness and help you with enhanced appearance, better speech and improved eating.

You feel a sense of high self-worth which comes with a better appearance and speech. Putting on dentures also improves your ability to eat which in turn will boost your health. However, you might face a bit difficulty initially which will get slowly adjusted with time. Dentures also permit the intake of various foods that help in improved nutrition and also a better digestion by proper chewing. Even from a psychological standpoint, you start to feel more appreciative of your appearance and smile and interact more socially.

Partial dentures also help in restoring the health of the rest of your natural teeth. This is due to the fact that filling up the gap between teeth stops the defective growth of natural teeth or its shifting to fill up the empty space.

Dentures also retain the jaw alignment and improve the capacity of your mouth to close and chew the food. Now that you know the benefits of good oral hygiene, it is as vital to clean dentures as it is for your natural teeth. You should know how to get rid of denture sores by making sure that you brush the inside of your dentures. Following the proper denture care tips, you can primarily cure dental pain, thus helping retain your balanced diet which you once enjoyed with your natural teeth.

  • Choose a proper toothpaste

It is highly recommended to use fluoride toothpaste as it strengthens and safeguards your teeth and lessens the tooth decay in both adults and children. You might like to go for tartar control toothpaste is you have tartar accumulation.

People having sensitive teeth should choose toothpaste which is especially made for sensitive teeth. The “Whitening” toothpastes are stain-removers and help in the restoration of your teeth’s natural color but are not powerful enough to alter the natural shade of your teeth.

The idea here is to choose the toothpaste as per your requirements in order to ensure good oral hygiene.

  • Brush smartly

You should use a toothbrush that has a small to medium range head and soft, multi-tufted bristles made of nylon. It is highly recommended to brush your teeth in circular motions.

Further, the toothbrushes should be changed regularly at least after three months and you should also brush your teeth for two minutes before sleeping.

  • Antibacterial mouthwash

A fluoride mouthwash aids in stopping tooth decay. An antibacterial mouthwash helps in resisting plaque and diminishes gum disease. If you detect that you are often using mouthwash simply to freshen up your breath, you should visit a dental team. This is perhaps because bad breath generally signals unhealthy teeth and gums and is also indicative of overall poor health.

Using mouthwash twice daily greatly reduces the risk of gum disease and gives the microbial protection to combat plaque and gingivitis.

  • Increase the intake of tap water

A study published in the clinical journal “General Dentistry” has uphold that controlled mixing of a fluoride compound to public water system is regarded as a highly cost-effective manner for stopping cavities and combating tooth decay. Fluoride aids in re-mineralizing the tooth enamel and leads to greater resistance of the complete tooth structure against any probable decay.

Wrapping Up

As it is always said, prevention is better than cure! Take care of your oral hygiene flawlessly and let not your mouth serve as the breeding ground for oral bacteria. What all steps do you take to ensure that your oral hygiene is at par? Let us know in the comments!

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