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Why is oral hygiene important?

Maintaining your teeth is not only about beauty. Poor dental hygiene can lead to severe adverse problems than an unpleasant smile. In addition, tooth decay and gum disease can have a negative effect on other organs of the body, including the heart. Thus, it is necessary to maintain good oral hygiene to improve your oral health and overall well-being.

Why is it important to maintain good oral hygiene?

Your mouth serves as a gateway to the internal parts of your body. So, dental health is directly related to overall health. For example, cavities and gum disease can affect your ability to eat and speak properly. In addition, these dental problems can lead to pain and bad breath. And, as many people are unaware, poor oral health can have an adverse negative impact on areas other than the mouth, including the heart, diabetes, pregnancy, and chronic inflammation, such as arthritic joint disease.

What happens when you don’t take care of good oral health?

If you don’t brush and floss routinely, germs in gum can travel to the heart, causing heart disease, clogged arteries, or stroke. In addition, research from Harvard shows that gum infections, such as periodontitis, have been associated with preterm deliveries and heart disease.

Conditions which are linked to oral health

Pneumonia. Certain bacteria found in the mouth can be drawn into the lungs, resulting in pneumonia and other respiratory disorders.

Cardiovascular disease. According to some research, heart disease, clogged arteries, and stroke may be connected to the inflammation and infections caused by mouth bacteria.

Birth complications. Periodontitis has been connected to low birth weight and premature birth.

HIV/AIDS. Oral complications, such as painful mucosal sores, are common in HIV/AIDS patients.

Endocarditis. (endocardium) is most commonly caused when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, move through your bloodstream and adhere to certain parts of your heart.

Earlier Diagnosis of Oral Diseases

Dental examinations and cleanings can help in the diagnosis of oral disorders and health complications.

Prevents Tooth Decay

Tooth loss is the most prevalent dental condition for both children and adults. The common cause of tooth decay is poor oral hygiene. So, regularly and adequately brushing and flossing can help prevent plaque buildup.

 Signs of a serious dental problem

  • pain
  • bleeding gums
  • swelling
  • tenderness
  •  blisters and ulcers that don’t heal

These symptoms may indicate a  potentially serious condition, such as mouth cancer or chronic gum disease.

keys to good dental hygiene

  • Mouthwash is useful for removing food particles that remain after brushing and flossing.
  • Try to avoid tobacco use
  • Eat a balanced diet and avoid foods with added sugars.
  • Brush your teeth twice day with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months, or more frequently if the bristles spread or worn.
  • Maintain regular dental examinations and cleanings.
  • Mouthwash is useful for removing food particles that remain after brushing and flossing.
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