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7 Poor Oral Health Hygiene Effects

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

How many times a day do you brush your teeth? Despite being very careful about your poor oral health effects on your dental hygiene, you may still have dangerous bacteria growing. Years ago, the idea of linking pregnancy or heart disease to dental issues would have sounded bizarre. Today, various medical studies help link serious health issues to poor oral health.

According to the American Dental Association reports, if your gum disease is as much as 40% serious, then you might be suffering from a chronic disease on top of it.

Poor Oral Health Effects

Who would have thought that the mouth could cause such serious problems to the body? A bacterium growing in the teeth makes the gums weak and prone to infections. The mouth is the gateway to the body. Hence, it is more prone and links to many chronic diseases you might be suffering from.

Here is a list of diseases that might be caused due to poor oral health effects that are bound to make you take better care of your teeth:

If you have some periodontal disease or have been experiencing a loss of teeth, then it is highly likely that you might be suffering from diabetes. A high blood glucose level provides an ideal condition for bacteria to thrive in the mouth and grow on gums. Fortunately, if you are able to control one, you can manage the other. So to an extent, the impact of it can be managed.

  • Infertility

Studies reveal that men with periodontal disease are 7 times more likely to experience erectile dysfunction than men who take care of their dental health. A research done by the European society revealed that women, who do not maintain good oral hygiene, take a longer time to conceive. If suffering from gum-related diseases, then it might take more than 7 months to conceive compared to the peers who don’t suffer from anything.

Poor oral hygiene affects your mouth adversely. It causes bad breath, gum disease, decay, abscesses of a tooth, infections in the mouth and eventually tooth loss.

Dr. Ashish Bajaj, M.B.B.S., M.D
  • Heart Disease

Gum and heart disease often go hand in hand. Individuals suffering from periodontal disease are twice as likely to suffer from a stroke or heart disease compared to a normal person due to the bacteria. These bacteria have the ability to clog the arteries, building enough pressure to cause a severe heart attack.  

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  • Respiratory problems

Gum disease may increase your risk of getting respiratory infections, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia. The periodontal bacteria can travel through the bloodstreams to the lungs and aggravate it, causing a lot of breathing trouble.

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  • Osteoporosis

The common link between osteoporosis and periodontal disease is bone loss. Bone strength can easily be identified with an oral health check-up and that can help indicate if you are suffering from an early stage of osteoporosis. Treating Osteoporosis in such cases becomes crucial as it should be done before it can weaken the bones of the jaw of the person suffering from periodontal disease. Understanding the signs of this at an early stage is very helpful, as the patient can start to receive treatment before suffering a painful and potentially debilitating fracture.

Read More: 5 Effective Ways of Dealing With  Osteoporosis

According to CDC poor oral health is associated with other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Oral disease also is associated with risk behaviors such as using tobacco and consuming sugary foods and beverages.

Dr. M.G. Kartheeka, MBBS, MD
  • Obesity

Obesity increases an individual’s susceptibility by modulating the immune and inflammatory systems in a manner that predisposes to inflammatory tissue destruction and leaves an individual at greater risk of periodontitis. More bleeding on probing, deeper periodontal pockets and more bone loss were noticed in individuals with higher indicators of obesity. Thus, maintaining normal body weight and eating healthy food ensures less threat to the body along with focusing on the poor oral health effects on our body.  

Read More: 10 Health Risk Of Obesity

Neglecting your teeth can cause gingivitis, the milder form of gum disease which makes gums red, swollen, and quick to bleed.

Dr. Ashish Bajaj, M.B.B.S., M.D
  • Arthritis

Periodontitis has a common link with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) due to its common pathogenesis and clinical presentation. Patients with RA are eight times more likely to have the periodontal disease compared to control patients. Both conditions are characterized by chronic inflammation in the soft-tissue site adjacent to bone. Both the diseases together usually require lifetime disease management. In an effort to best maintain oral health, RA patients are encouraged to brush and floss on a regular basis and visit a dentist twice a year.

Well, now that it is clear why good oral hygiene is important, educate yourself and your family about these effects and spread awareness. Practice good oral hygiene by brushing after every meal with fluoride toothpaste and floss your mouth regularly. Doing so will save your teeth from poor oral health effects and life as well!

Also Read: Trench Mouth: Causes, Symptoms, and Research-Based Treatment Options

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