Poor oral hygiene is linked to countless problems throughout the entire body. The failure to properly floss and brush your teeth really can lead to heart issues, dementia, blood clots, bone loss and beyond. So do not assume a half-hearted attempt to clean the teeth will suffice. Even worse is a complete avoidance of flossing, brushing, rinsing with mouthwash etc. It is time to start thinking of oral hygiene as being just as important as other components of a healthy lifestyle. The health problems linked to poor oral hygiene really are direct threats to your well-being.
The Danger of Bacteria
The mouth is one of the dirtier parts of the human body for good reason. This space is dark, wet and loaded up with food every five hours or so. Some of those who work in the dental industry like to say the average mouth has more bacteria than human beings currently alive. Some of this bacteria is good and some of it is bad. Bacteria is necessary to maintain the body's balance, known as homeostasis. However, when excess bacteria cultivates within the mouth, it can lead to significant issues such as serious gum disease or periodontitis. Furthermore, the failure to properly clean the mouth will allow for plaque to accumulate to the point that the gums become inflamed and subsequently infected.
A Look at What Happens When Bacteria Moves Into the Bloodstream
The bacteria linked to periodontitis has the potential to move into the bloodstream through bleeding gums. Once bacteria enter the body's bloodstream, it can move to the heart and spur a heart attack. If bacteria move into the inner linings of the heart and valves, pockets of bacteria will grow. Such pockets spur inflammation and infection of the heart's inner linings.
Poor Oral Hygiene Can Lead to Stroke
Strokes can occur for several reasons, one of which is blood clots. Strokes can also result from a narrowing of the artery walls. The medical community is fairly confident bacteria from the mouth is a contributing factor to the narrowing of the arteries as well as blood clot formation. This is the body's natural result to the presence of bacteria in the bloodstream.
Older patients who have poor oral health habits are likely to suffer from gingivitis. If gingivitis is not treated promptly, bacteria will move into the brain by way of the bloodstream or even the nerve channels and trigger dementia. The movement of bacteria to the brain also increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Insufficient Oral Hygiene Can Even Lead to Rheumatoid Arthritis
Improper oral health that leads to periodontal disease will make the pain of rheumatoid arthritis that much worse. If you are arthritic, it is imperative you do your best to thoroughly clean your teeth each morning and evening. Even those who are not arthritic have the potential to become arthritic in the future so it is best to get into the habit of cleaning teeth in their entirety rather than waiting until you are arthritic.
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