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Six health problems linked to bad oral hygiene

Six health problems linked to bad oral hygiene

by: Dr. Anshu Jindal
Sr. Consultant- Paediatric and Preventive Dentistry - Paras Bliss, Panchkula

Earlier oral hygiene was not considered to be a factor for general health, but now it is considered to be one the most important factor for general health. Bacterial bleeding occurs when there is poor hygiene routine and when oral hygiene is ignored or totally neglected, this will eventually lead to periodontal diseases. Following are few medical conditions that are linked to poor oral hygiene:

  • Heart disease – Bacteria in the bloodstream can travel to the heart and lead to a heart attack.
  • Endocarditis – Bacteria may find its way to the inner lining of the heart and valves which in turn, create growth pockets of bacteria. These pockets cause inflammation and infection of the inner lining of the heart.
  • Stroke – There are a number of reasons why a stroke may occur – one of them is the narrowing of artery walls and another is blood clots. It is believed that oral bacteria may be a contributing factor to the arteries narrowing as well as blood clots easily forming because of the body’s negative response to the bacteria in the bloodstream.
  • Inflammation – Inflamed gums and bleeding may cause systemic inflammation.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis – It is known that periodontal disease will worsen the pain already suffered by those inflicted with this autoimmune disorder.
  • Lung Condition – Those already suffering from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and pneumonia may have their condition worsened due to an increase of bacteria in their lungs.

Preventing Heath Issues due to Poor Dental Hygiene:

The best way to fight periodontal disease and health issues linked to oral bacteria is to have a good oral hygiene regimen. Removing plaque build-up is necessary to keep your gums and teeth free from disease. Brush your teeth at least two times a day and floss regularly. If you’re unsure of the correct technique to flossing, at your next visit to your dentist have the dental assistant show you the correct procedure to flossing your teeth. Moreover, it’s crucial that see your dentist regularly (once or twice a year) for your checkups and cleanings. Brushing and flossing are the best prevention to a healthy mouth!

Earlier oral hygiene was not considered to be a factor for general health, but now it is considered to be one the most important factor for general health. Bacterial bleeding occurs when there is poor hygiene routine and when oral hygiene is ignored or totally neglected, this will eventually lead to periodontal diseases. Following are few medical conditions that are liked to poor oral hygiene:

  • Heart disease – Bacteria in the bloodstream can travel to the heart and lead to a heart attack.
  • Endocarditis – Bacteria may find its way to the inner lining of the heart and valves which in turn, create growth pockets of bacteria. These pockets cause inflammation and infection of the inner lining of the heart.
  • Stroke – There are a number of reasons why a stroke may occur – one of them is the narrowing of artery walls and another is blood clots. It is believed that oral bacteria may be a contributing factor to the arteries narrowing as well as blood clots easily forming because of the body’s negative response to the bacteria in the bloodstream.
  • Inflammation – Inflamed gums and bleeding may cause systemic inflammation.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis – It is known that periodontal disease will worsen the pain already suffered by those inflicted with this autoimmune disorder.
  • Lung Condition – Those already suffering from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and pneumonia may have their condition worsened due to an increase of bacteria in their lungs.

Preventing Heath Issues due to Poor Dental Hygiene:

The best way to fight periodontal disease and health issues linked to oral bacteria is to have a good oral hygiene regimen. Removing plaque build-up is necessary to keep your gums and teeth free from disease. Brush your teeth at least two times a day and floss regularly. If you’re unsure of the correct technique to flossing, at your next visit to your dentist have the dental assistant show you the correct procedure to flossing your teeth. Moreover, it’s crucial that see your dentist regularly (once or twice a year) for your checkups and cleanings. Brushing and flossing are the best prevention to a healthy mouth!

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