We’ve covered a lot of oral hygiene. Most people know what happens if you don’t take care of you teeth – bad breath, tooth decay, the list goes on and on. Did you know that there are other effects of poor dental hygiene that are further reaching? Lack of tooth care can lead to larger issues. Here are some of them:
- Stress. People struggling to navigate stress — think: a high-pressure job or an emotionally exhausting relationship — may be susceptible to more cavities than those who lead more even-keeled lives. Whether it’s the stress that gets in the way of their mouth upkeep or that poor oral hygiene contributes to inflammation and exacerbates psychological unrest isn’t entirely clear. Whichever comes first, consider caring for your teeth a way to manage stress during a hectic day. (Stepping away from the desk to floss in the bathroom? Hey, it’s some type of a break, right?)
- Diabetes. Going a day without brushing your teeth won’t court a full-blown disease. But dry mouth and high levels of bacteria can exacerbate already present conditions, like diabetes. If you’re at risk, consider keeping some floss and sugar-free gum in your purse to clear any lingering mouth molecules that contribute to problems with regulating blood sugar.
- Cognitive problems. Studies show that gum diseases caused by poor oral hygiene increase the risk of Alzheimer’s and other cognitive issues later in life. Be fit now so you’ll be healthy later. You will set up your brain for an extended ability to function when you’re older by taking care of your mouth health today.
- Osteoporosis. Keeping your teeth and tongue healthy helps keep your skeleton stronger. The National Insiature of Health suggest that too much bacteria between your cheeks can decay the connective tissues that hold your teeth in place. The buildup of this bacteria can also weaken the body’s immune system if constantly swallowed. Bone loss (aka osteoporosis) that accompanies old age or other health issues has also been linked to poor oral health.
- Heart disease. More bacteria in your mouth can createa breeding ground for pathogens linked to the buildup of plaque in your arteries. So-called arterial plaque increases your risk of heart attacks and strokes. Brush up to reduce your odds.
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