Why is dental hygiene so important to health? Firstly, it helps to keep your teeth and gums in good working order. It can also help to stave off things like gum disease, tooth decay, and infection. However, aside from the obvious benefits of maintaining good oral health, there are many other, less obvious, reasons why it is so important.
Why Is Dental Hygiene So Important
Good oral hygiene can help to reduce the risk of the following:
- Heart Disease. Your oral health can have a big effect on the cardiovascular system. Studies have shown a strong link between the two. There is also evidence to suggest that the risk of strokes and heart attacks are increased in those that have bad oral health. Therefore, a healthy mouth can positively influence heart function.
- Diabetes. There is a strong link between diabetes and gum disease. When gum disease occurs it can cause the sugars in the blood to increase. The higher the sugars go the more at risk a person is of developing Diabetes. Those who already have diabetes are more at risk of developing gum issues which then negatively affect a person’s blood sugars. Therefore, it is important to take oral health seriously to help avoid complications.
- Alzheimers/Dementia. Bad oral health can cause the gums and tissue to become inflamed. During this process, chemicals can be produced that can travel towards the brain. Studies have found that exposure to these chemicals over a prolongued period can cause the brain to break down. It is this breakdown of brain matter that can contribute to this medical condition developing.
- Lung Disease. If gum disease or oral infection occurs the bacteria caused by this can affect the lungs. The bacteria can travel to the lungs and cause inflammation, pneumonia, and bronchitis.
Why not check out next week’s blog for tips and advice on how to maintain good oral hygiene. Also, if you would like to book in for a dental check-up or hygienist appointment with us then you can do this online or by calling our knowledgeable and friendly reception staff on 020 8003 4460. A wide range of treatments are available, seven days a week to help keep your mouth healthy. A full list of these can be viewed on our website. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to seeing you in the clinic soon, here at Pearl Dental Clinic.
Pearl Dental Clinic is open 7 days a week from 9am to 10pm. You can book a dental check-up by calling us on 020 8003 4460 or emailing us or booking an appointment online.
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