Taking care of your oral hygiene has many benefits beyond just a sparkling white smile. Problems that originated in the mouth and gums can quickly move to other areas of the body. Not taking care of your oral hygiene can even lead to heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health concerns. Below is more information about the importance of good oral hygiene.
The Connection Between Your Mouth and Body
It is only recently that the medical community has realized how important the link is between the mouth and the health of the rest of your body. As more and more research emerges, it is becoming clearer how having good oral hygiene can help prevent:
When your gums are so unhealthy that you have developed the gum disease known as periodontitis, your odds of developing diabetes go up. This is due to the inflammation caused by periodontitis and how it can spread. It is believed that this inflammation somehow weakens the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. When you have high blood sugar, the infection in your gums can grow even quicker. The plus side here is that treating your gum disease can help get your diabetes under control, and vice versa.
People with periodontitis and heart disease often have the same risk factors. They can be smokers, overweight, or eat unhealthy foods, for example. Recently, a bigger connection has been made between these two conditions. Researchers believe that this inflammation of the gums can lead to inflammation of the blood vessels. This can raise blood pressure as well as increase your chances of having a stroke or heart attack.
Pregnant women are now advised to see their dentist early on in their pregnancy and address any issues that are found. Both inflammation and infection of the mouth can lead to the fetus having issues developing. This is why during pregnancy it is more important than ever to have good oral hygiene habits.
What Is Good Oral Hygiene?
The conditions listed above are only some of the potential dangers of not taking good care of your mouth. A good oral hygiene routine consists or regular brushing and flossing. Other things that can help include:
- Using mouthwash
- Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet
- Quitting smoking
- Cleaning your tongue
- Using floss picks
Another key component of good oral hygiene is regular cleanings and check-ups with our dentist at Carnegie Dental Clinic in Victoria, BC. If you are ready to learn more about this topic or would like to schedule a time to come in and see us, contact us today to get started!