Dental hygiene is a crucial element of your overall health. Brushing and flossing your teeth helps eliminate bacteria and plaque that can cause tooth cavities, decays, or gum disease. Some of the diseases caused by poor dental hygiene include:
Tooth Cavities and Decay
Poor dental hygiene will cause bacteria and plaque buildup in your mouth. The bacteria will erode the enamel of your teeth, leading to cavities. If left untreated, the holes develop into a more severe form and cause your teeth to decay.
When plaque buildup on your gums, they will release harmful bacteria that infect your gums. A severe form of gum disease known as periodontitis may develop, which causes teeth loss and bone deterioration.
Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke
If you have periodontitis, the harmful bacteria can spread from the bloodstream and affect your heart. The bacteria will cause inflammation in the heart leading to the narrowing of the arteries and cardiovascular disease. In other circumstances, the bacteria may also cause the hardening of your arteries, restricting blood flow and increasing the chances of stroke.
A pregnant mother should practice good oral hygiene. Bacteria in the mouth can spread through the bloodstream and affect the growing foetus. The bacteria can cause low birth weight and, in some cases, premature birth. Conditions such as gingivitis and periodontitis are highly linked to pregnancy complications.
Failure to adhere to good dental hygiene will compromise the integrity of your health. Oral cancer can occur due to poor dental health. Cancer starts as small lumps and sores in your mouth, which can eventually lead to teeth loss. Cancer will damage the gums and prevent them from securely holding your teeth. It will also cause problems in the chewing and swallowing of food. Any early signs of cancer should be treated immediately to avoid the severe and devastating effects of the advanced disease. A regular visit to your dentist is one way to ensure early detection.
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