Whilst you probably would have never imagined it, medical researchers have identified a relationship between poor oral hygiene and serious medical conditions like cardiovascular disease and dementia. This is why it is so important to maintain good oral hygiene.
The main health condition that has been linked to poor oral hygiene is gum disease. Gum disease is when your gums become inflamed due to bacteria being left on them for too long. This inflammation, if it spreads, can cause the bone that is supporting your teeth to dissolve, causing the affected teeth to fall out. Further, this bacteria can get into your bloodstream and reach other areas of your body and your body will respond by causing more inflammation. It can even get into your respiratory tract and airways.
Maintaining your oral hygiene is simple and will contribute towards preventing these various types of medical conditions. Regular, 6-monthly dentist visits along with brushing your teeth twice a daily and flossing once daily are the most effective ways to help reduce your risk of disease. Also ensuring that you are eating a well-balanced diet, drinking lots of water and avoiding foods and drinks that have a high-sugar content will help to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
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