Oral hygiene is important for a number of reasons. Sure, brushing and flossing regularly are vital aspects of preventing cavities, bad breath, and tooth decay, but there are far more serious health problems to consider. Many look at the mouth as the “gateway to the body” and therefore it plays an essential role for the general health. There is a close association between oral health and overall health, so making sure that oral hygiene is maintained is critical to preventing some serious illnesses. The mouth is home to a wide variety of bacteria and, while most of them are harmless, inadequate dental care can cause the bacteria to reach levels that lead to infection.
Periodontitis is one of the diseases most commonly associated with poor dental care. In addition to gum disease, pool oral hygiene can also lead to:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Heart disease
- Pancreatic cancer
- Infertility problems
- Respiratory problems
- Premature birth
There have been numerous studies linking poor oral health to immune system disorders. The above illnesses are serious, and in some cases, life-threatening. The body and the mouth work together in that they can each affect the other negatively. Brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, and making sure to schedule dental cleanings and check-ups every year is critical to your oral health and your general health.