Failing to brush your teeth twice a day can lead to obvious issues such as tooth decay or gum disease, but it’s not just the obvious issues that you need to worry about if you have poor dental hygiene. Not brushing regularly means that your mouth is harboring a lot more bacteria and if your body is already affected by an illness, your immune system is most likely weaker than normal. Here are a few conditions that can be exacerbated by not having a clean mouth.
- Diabetes – When you have diabetes your immune system is already compromised. Skipping a few brushes won’t give you diabetes, but it can worsen symptoms if they’re already present and give harmful bacteria a better chance of getting into your body.
- Osteoporosis – Preserving your bone strength while you still have it is vital to those who have osteoporosis. Keeping your mouth (teeth and tongue) clean and fresh can help keep the bones in your mouth healthier. A buildup of bacteria in your cheeks can cause a slow deterioration of the connective tissues that hold your teeth in place. When your teeth start getting loose, it will also make you more prone to getting infections or other illnesses.
- Brain Issues – Gum disease and poor oral hygiene has been shown to make you more prone to cognitive issues. Your mouth is located very close to your brain, which means that any infection or illness can spread very quickly to the most important part of your body.
- Heart Disease – Too much bacteria in your mouth has been linked to heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. As bacteria multiply, it allows pathogens to enter your body and buildup plaque in your arteries. Anything that clogs your arteries is a major risk to your health.
It’s never too late to start a healthy habit. If you have untreated tooth decay or other dental issues, see a dentist immediately so that you can lower your risk of the above mentioned conditions. Dr. Lorraine Burio of Candlewood Dental Care has been treating and educating patients in the New Fairfield, New Milford, Danbury and Sherman areas of CT and Pawling, Patterson and Putnam Lake of NY. To make an appointment, call our offices at 203-746-1200 or make an appointment here.