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The health implications of a poor oral hygiene

Not taking care of your teeth can lead to more than a bad breath. It could lead to heart diseases, diabetes and more. It's the major cause of periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is a serious gum infection that damages gums and is usually as a result of poor oral hygiene. Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss. It usually begins with bacterial growth in your mouth and may result in heart or lung diseases. 

The Effects Of Poor Dental Hygiene On Your Body

1. Halitosis

Halitosis is a severe oral health problem that is characterized by bad smelling breath often caused by a buildup of bacteria in the mouth because of gum disease, food, or plaque. Lack of regular brushing and flossing leaves small food particles between the teeth that collect bacteria and emit chemicals like hydrogen sulfide, the same compound that gives rotten eggs their characteristic smell. Mouthwash or a good brushing can't solve halitosis unlike “morning breath” or a strong smell that can easily goes away after brushing, the condition can only be treated by a dentist . Advanced cases may require surgery. 

2. Heart diseases: people with periodontal disease are two times likely to develop a heart disease and artery narrowing because of periodontal bacteria and plague entering the bloodstreams through the gums. 

3. Erectile dysfunction: periodontal bacteria can travel through the blood stream provoking the blood vessels and blocking blood flow to genitals. 

4. Bone deterioration around teeth leads to loosening and eventual tooth loss. 

5. High level of disease causing bacteria in the mouth can lead to clogging of the carotid artery and increased risk of stroke. 

5. Respiratory problems: bacteria from periodontal disease can travel through the bloodstream to the lungs where it can aggravate respiratory systems especially in patients who already have respiratory problems. 

Practice good oral hygiene by always brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. 

Clean your tongue while brushing also to remove food remnants in order not to harbor bacteria. Use a good toothbrush and consider replacing it regularly. Dentists recommend that toothbrushes should be replaced every three months. Visit a dentist once or twice a year for a dental checkup. Remember, the mouth is the gateway into the body. Take care of your teeth so as not not lose them.


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