Poor oral hygiene can lead to several oral problems and a wide variety of health issues. But, what exactly is poor oral hygiene?
Suppose you eat an entire chocolate cake by yourself and then refuse to brush your teeth or floss. This will then lead to cavities and infections that are far more troublesome than they are worth. Not taking good care of your teeth and gums leads to poor oral hygiene; something that we are all better off avoiding for several very good reasons, all of which include keeping your all teeth healthy. However, the effects of poor oral hygiene are not limited to your teeth alone. Poor oral hygiene can cause several health problems in various other parts of your body as well.
Here are some things that can go wrong if you do not take good care of your teeth:
Tooth decay occurs when plaque and bacteria build up on the teeth and corrode the enamel that protects the teeth. This leads to cavities, and could also lead to the formation of dental abscesses. It may also cause halitosis. For further reading – read articles on reasons for tooth decay and ‘all you need to know about plaque’.
This is a very common when one has poor dental hygiene practices. When bacteria and plaque collect on the teeth, they can infect the roots and inflame the gum tissues. Inflamed gums can bleed when you brush your teeth, and are usually very painful.
Bacteria from inflamed gums can cause various heart related problems. This is because bacteria can travel to the veins and settle in them, making then hard, and therefore unable to allow blood to pass through as well as it should. Not only this, but if plaque should travel in your circulatory system, it could be equally as disastrous. Similarly, did you know that there’s a relationship between oral health and hypertension? Read this article from the DentoXpert what’s trending section to know more.
If there are a lot of bacteria in the mouth, it is quite possible that it can travel to the lungs rather easily and can cause several life-threatening diseases. If you breathe in a lot of bacteria over a long period of time, it could lead to infections becoming more and more serious.
This might come as a bit of a shocker, but poor oral hygiene can lead to dementia. If bacteria are allowed to flourish in the mouth, it can travel through the bloodstream, into the brain and cause a variety of complications, one of which is dementia.
One simple solution to all of these problems is the practice of good dental hygiene. Getting back to the basics will help you understand the do’s and don’ts for healthy teeth, for that read this article.
We at DentoXpert advocate brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly which will go a long way in preventing poor oral hygiene and maintaining good health. You might want to invest in a good, strong mouthwash as well. If you are debating this, then read an article from the ‘what’s trending’ section about ‘to mouthwash or not’. Liquids have an uncanny ability of reaching pesky places that bristles and floss cannot. A combination of the three can significantly reduce the amount damage bacteria and plaque are capable of wreaking on your teeth.
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