Research done by studies on dating have concluded that bad breath is one of the most unattractive characteristics in a potential partner. Although bad breath can be a symptom of various health problems, the number one cause is poor dental hygiene.
No one wants to have bad breath. However, it’s actually one of the tamer side effects of not maintaining a good oral health routine. Another common complication that arises from poor oral hygiene is gum disease. This serious condition causes inflammation of the gum line and if left untreated can affect the bones surrounding your teeth and can lead to tooth loss and even more severe diseases affecting your entire body.
Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque, bacteria that forms a sticky coating on your teeth. Toothbrushes can’t reach every single area of the mouth, and once plaque build up has spread below the gum line, it’s protected from your toothbrush and can quickly get out of control.
Leading Garland Dentist, Dr. Gregory Kerbel says,
“Your gums should not be red, swollen or bleeding. It’s not a sign you just brushed your teeth really well today. It’s one of the most common symptoms of gum disease. Inflamed gums aren’t the biggest concern associated with this condition, but they’re the most visible red flag indicating you should get things checked out. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss so it’s really important to take good care of your teeth and to seek professional help when you think something might be wrong.”
Gum disease has been linked to many other diseases. All of these conditions seem to trickle down from a major underlying problem with dental hygiene habits. It’s no secret that Americans are busier than ever, but cutting corners on oral health can have a devastating impact.
Some of the most serious consequences include:
Research done by Yale University School of Medicine found that oral bacteria played a role in the development of pneumonia in hospital patients. The researchers said the risk for pneumonia doubled when severe gum problems were present.
2. Brain Abscess
Gum disease and infections in the mouth can lead to bacteria becoming lodged in the tissue surrounding the brain. This isn’t such a far-fetched idea when you visualize the proximity of the mouth and throat to the brain.
3. Erectile Dysfunction
Gum disease causes chronic inflammation in the mouth which damages cells. The cells damaged by this inflammation help make up the lining of blood vessels that flow throughout the body, especially those blood vessels flowing through the most private parts of the anatomy.
Oral hygiene is one of the most important factors affecting overall health.
Dr. Kerbel says,
“Of course, following the American Dental Association’s recommendation of brushing twice a day and flossing is an imperative part of maintaining good oral hygiene. But, every situation is unique, and some people may require a little extra care worked into their daily routines. Consulting with your dentist is the best way to find a routine that is optimal for your unique situation.”