Poor Oral Hygiene Symptoms and Health Risks
Madison Dentists Work to Prevent Periodontal Disease
There are many health risks associated with poor oral hygiene. Many people are unaware of the effects the mouth and gums have on your overall health. After extensive research and clinical studies, conclusive evidence demonstrates inadequate oral hygiene does affect your overall health and well-being.
Periodontal disease is the leading factor associated with chronic health conditions, turning your gums into a direct gateway for harmful bacteria and plaque. Recent studies have shown people who suffer from gum disease are more likely to have a chronic condition as well. The importance of maintaining excellent oral hygiene cannot be overstated. By keeping a healthy mouth, you can maintain a healthy body.
How Dental Health Affects Overall Health
Most health complications can be prevented simply by taking care of your mouth. Listed below are a few debilitating chronic conditions and health problems that are believed to be associated with poor oral hygiene.
- Bone loss
- Inflammation of blood vessels
- Hardened arteries
- High blood pressure
- Blood clots
- Fertility problems
Chronic Health Problems Associated with Poor Oral Hygiene
Endocarditis - Bacteria gain entry from the mouth into the bloodstream and attach themselves to areas of the heart. This bacteria infects the inner lining of the heart, its chambers and valves. The infection can become fatal if not treated immediately.
Cardiovascular Disease - Plaque gains entry from the mouth to the heart, arteries and blood vessels. Plaque usually builds up in the blood vessels, leading to clogged arteries and blood clots.
Diabetes - Inflammation in the mouth from periodontal disease begins to weaken the body’s ability to utilize insulin and process sugars in the blood to convert them into energy. Due to the lack of insulin used, the body’s blood pressure tends to build.
Cancer - Many studies have shown a strong correlation between people with gum disease and cancer. The strongest relationships are between gum disease and pancreatic cancer or oropharyngeal cancer. The correlation between the cause and effect factors have not been scientifically proven yet.
Alzheimer’s Disease / Dementia - Studies are attempting to link gum disease and dementia. Experts believe this happens when the brain is repeatedly exposed to bacteria or other harmful agents from the gums. This bacteria causes immune responses which kill nerve cells, resulting in potential memory loss.
Osteoporosis - Loss of bone tissue is present in both osteoporosis and periodontal disease. Osteoporosis mainly affects the bones in the hip, back and wrist, while gum disease mainly occurs in the teeth and jawbone. Clinical studies are trying to prove that inflammation from periodontal disease affects the bones throughout the body, not just the jawbone and teeth.
Pregnancy - Due to hormonal fluxes in the body’s chemistry, pregnancy sometimes causes periodontal disease. Periodontal disease allows plaque and bacteria into the bloodstream, reaching and affecting the fetus. Gum disease has been linked to low birth weights, premature births, and infections in newborns.
TCD Madison Helps Prevent Poor Oral Hygiene
Don’t let poor oral hygiene get the best of you and your health. Treatment for poor oral hygiene consists of a few simple rules. In addition to regular visits to your Madison dental clinic, we have made a list of guidelines to drastically reduce your chances of periodontal disease and other unforeseen health complications.
Guidelines to Avoid Problems Caused by Poor Oral Hygiene
- Brush your teeth 2-3 times daily
- Replace your toothbrush every 2-4 months
- Floss daily
- Brush along the gum line to target bacteria
- Schedule bi-annual appointments with your dental hygienist
If you suspect you may be suffering from gum disease, don’t delay in contacting our team of Madison dentists. We will evaluate the current state of your mouth and come up with a customized treatment plan to help stop or reverse the gum disease affecting your health.