Your oral health connects to every other system in your body. Not only do some diseases have symptoms that affect oral health, but poor oral health can also cause disease in other parts of the body. A few conditions are known to be caused by inadequate oral hygiene include:
Gingivitis is an infection of the gums caused by plaque buildup due to improper dental care. Following a simple dental care program will prevent gingivitis.
Gingivitis progresses into periodontitis if poor oral hygiene continues. Periodontitis damages soft tissues and if left untreated it can cause damage to the bones that support your teeth.
Endocarditis is an inflammation of the inner lining of the heart resulting from bacteria traveling through the bloodstream. Endocarditis can cause deadly blood clots and abnormal heart rhythm.
- Cardiovascular disease
Heart disease, strokes, and clogged arteries are some of the cardiovascular conditions associated with poor dental hygiene. Over 655,000 people die in the US each year from cardiovascular diseases, so something as simple as brushing and flossing is a small price to pay for better heart health.
- Premature birth
There is a strong correlation between periodontitis and premature birth. Maintaining proper dental care during pregnancy is crucial for a positive outcome and healthy birth weight.
Since the mouth is an entry point to the respiratory system, over-colonization of bacteria in the mouth due to poor hygiene can introduce bacteria to the lungs, causing pneumonia. Pneumonia is especially dangerous in the elderly and those with existing respiratory conditions.
Follow this dental health care plan to keep your smile looking its best:
- Brush and floss your teeth upon waking, after meals, and before going to bed.
- Use toothpaste with fluoride.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Avoid sugar.
- Replace your toothbrush at least every three months.
- Don’t smoke.
- Have your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice each year.
- Visit your dentist regularly to help prevent dental problems.
If you are looking for a dentist in Pinellas County, call Piper Family Dentistry at (727) 548-7100. Our team of dental professionals will keep your smile healthy with a complete array of dental services provided right here in our Largo office.
Serving the Tampa Bay Area.