If you are like most people, you keep an impossible schedule that leaves little time for taking care of the little things. Despite your dentist’s warnings, you neglect to do things, such as brushing your teeth three times a day and floss regularly.

While this doesn’t seem like a big deal, it can create far more long-term problems than most people realize.

Proper dental hygiene isn’t about when you have time, but rather, it’s about developing easy to sustain habits that keep your teeth and gums healthy in order to prevent worse problems.

New studies have shown that people who don’t properly take care of their oral hygiene tend to suffer far worse problems than bad breath. Keep in mind that you have more bacteria in your mouth than there are people on Earth, so developing a proper oral care routine is significant for your overall health. You can help lower several other health risks by regularly brushing, rinsing, and flossing.

Dental Problems

  1. Periodontal Disease and Heart Problems
    One of the most significant findings in recent studies was the link between periodontal disease and heart conditions. Periodontal disease is the infection and inflammation of the areas around your teeth.

    According to the American Academy of Periodontology people who suffer from periodontal disease, are roughly twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease.

  2. Periodontal Disease and Diabetes
    The Journal of Periodontology also found that rats who were pre-diabetic were more likely to become diabetic if they had periodontal disease.

    While this has not been confirmed in humans, the initial results and findings with the rats are enough to create concern for those who are more likely to become diabetic.

    Proper dental care is an easy and painless precaution to take if it turns out that there is a link between the two.

  3. Dental Care and Dementia
    Poor oral hygiene also affects the brain. The Journal of the American Dental Association discovered a link between people who lost a large number of teeth before their 35th birthday and greater odds of dementia.

    Scientists and researchers are still researching to find out exactly how the loss of teeth correlates to dementia. It is unlikely that issues in the mouth cause dementia, but researchers are keeping an open mind to determine if poor dental care to the point of losing teeth can create have an adverse effect on the brain.

  4. Dental Care and Lungs
    The Journal of Periodontology published information on a possible link between periodontal disease and pulmonary disease. Those who suffered from periodontal disease were more likely to have contract pneumonia and acute bronchitis than those who had healthy teeth and gums.

    Periodontal disease does not cause problems with the lungs, but it appears there is a direct link between the health of your mouth and your lungs.

  5. Gum Disease and Pregnancy
    The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology found that women with gum disease took up to seven months to conceive a child. By comparison, women with healthy gums took approximately five months to become pregnant.

    Scientists think that the inflammation from gum disease is a hindrance to pregnancy. The easiest way to prevent gum disease is through regular flossing and brushing.

  6. Premature Birth
    According to the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, there is a link between non-alcohol antimicrobial mouth rinse and a lowered risk of premature births.

They conducted the study by observing over 200 pregnant women with periodontal disease. The women who rinsed at least twice a day with non-alcohol antimicrobial mouth rinse reduced the risk of premature delivery. They have not determined why this is, but it could help pregnant women ensure they carry their children to term.

Fabey Dental Studios is a leading dental care service provider in Easton. We value our patients and are committed to provide comprehensive dental services like, bonding and white filling, bridges, crowns, dentures and periodontal health services. Our staff stays current with the latest technology and advances in dentistry and has gained a reputation of excellence in rendering optimal oral health and esthetic dentistry.

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Mark J. Fabey D.M.D.
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