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Health Risk Associated with Poor Oral Hygiene

Madison Dentists Work to Prevent Periodontal Disease

There are many health risks associated with poor oral hygiene. It’s unbelievable how many people are unaware of the effects the mouth and gums have on your overall health. Doctors believe inadequate oral hygiene is a contributing factor to a variety of serious health issues. Many health problems essentially originate from negligent oral hygiene. Periodontal disease is the leading factor associated with aiding chronic conditions in the human body.

After extensive research and clinical studies, conclusive evidence demonstrates oral health does affect your overall health and well-being.  Periodontal disease turns your gums into a direct gateway into your body for harmful bacteria and plaque. In recent studies, it has been 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 help maintain a healthy body.

Poor Oral Hygiene Leads to Negative Consequences

Poor oral hygiene can lead to many different symptoms such as:Oral Hygiene Routine

  • Bone loss
  • Cancer
  • Inflammation of blood vessels
  • Hardened arteries
  • High blood pressure
  • Blood clots
  • Fertility problems

Most of these 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.

Chronic Conditions Associated with Poor Oral Hygiene

  • Heart Disease: Endocarditis and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer, specifically Pancreatic and Oropharyngeal
  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pregnancy Problems – Preterm birth, low birth weight, or infections of the newborn


Health Problems Caused by Gum Disease

Endocarditis - Bacteria gains entry from another part of the body (in this case, the mouth) into the bloodstream and attaches itself 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. This build-up leads 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. Inflammation prevents the body from using insulin to convert sugar 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, and gum disease and oropharyngeal cancer. Even though experts undeniably believe there is a relationship between the two, the correlation between the cause and effect factors have not been scientifically proven yet.

Alzheimer’s Disease / Dementia - Currently there are studies 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 lead nerve cells to die resulting in potentially memory loss. 

Osteoporosis - A 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 then allows plaque and bacteria into the blood stream 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 an easy to use the guideline, which will drastically reduce your chances of periodontal disease and other unforeseen complications which accompany gum disease.

Guidelines to Avoid Problems Caused by Poor Oral Hygiene

tooth brushing helps prevents gum disease

Guidelines to Avoid Problems Caused by Poor Oral Hygiene:

  • Brush your teeth 2 to 3 times daily
  • Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 4 months
  • Floss daily
  • Brush along the gum line to target bacteria which you may have missed previously
  • Schedule appointments with your dental hygienist every 6 months


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 and reverse any gum disease which could be affecting your health.

Contact the Madison dental care professionals at TCD Madison Dental Clinic to find out if you are at risk for poor oral hygiene.