As part of your body, there are a plethora of reasons to take care of your teeth. Being cognizant of your oral health is an important step in taking care of your overall health.
When you don’t take care of your teeth, you put yourself at risk for a variety of health issues and complications, which extend far beyond your mouth.
The American Dental Association (ADA) has warned that, “The mouth is a gateway into your body’s overall health.”
By ignoring your oral health, you can put yourself at the risk of the following health issues:
- Tooth Decay & Loss: Every day, plaque builds up on your teeth. The bacteria in plaque harm your teeth enamel and can cause cavities. If you don’t combat that plaque buildup by brushing your teeth every day, that bacteria can run rampant in your mouth and cause tooth decay over time, and eventually the loss of your teeth if these bad habits persist.
- Gum Infection & Disease: Gum disease starts when you have plaque buildup along, and underneath, your gum line from a lack of proper dental care. This can result in gum tenderness and bleeding. This issue, known as gingivitis, can be fixed by brushing and flossing your teeth each day. If plaque spreads and worsens, it can destroy tissues and bones in your mouth, at which point, it’s classified as periodontitis and is more painful, as well as intense to treat.
- Bad Breath: Poor oral hygiene is the leading cause of bad breath, or halitosis. This condition is brought about by food particles lingering for a while after meals, which start to stink. The less you brush and/or floss your teeth, the more those harmful and odorous bacteria build up in your mouth.
- Dementia: It may seem surprising, but multiple studies have linked poor dental care, and health, with dementia. Researchers conducting a study at retirement community in Laguna Hills found that, of the 5,468 people surveyed, the individuals who still had their teeth, but didn’t take care of them, had a “22% to 65% greater risk of dementia than those who brushed three times daily.” Additional studies also link poor dental care with Alzheimer’s Disease as well.
In order to avoid these risks, it’s important to remember to take care of your teeth each and every day.
This can start by abiding by the ADA’s recommendations when it comes to your teeth, which are brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes and flossing once a day.
You should also schedule regular appointments with your dentist for a general teeth cleaning – at least once a year, but twice a year is preferred.
If you have further questions about proper dental care, or how best to avoid the risks of poor dental health mentioned here, contact the caring professionals at NY Dental Group.