Why You Need to Take Care of Your Teeth
- Posted on: Feb 15 2019
According to the Mayo Clinic, your dental health may impact your overall health. So, think about that the next time you brush and floss your teeth. You may actually be helping yourself stay healthier and happier! Keep reading to learn more about how your dental health may impact your overall health.
The bacteria that comes with gum inflammation and disease can move from your mouth to other parts of your body. Sometimes, this bacteria can be carried through the blood and actually cause the arteries in your heart to harden. Who would have thought that poor dental health may actually increase the risk of heart attack or stroke?
Inflammation of the gum tissue and periodontal disease can make it harder to control your blood sugar, as well. In an unfortunate connection, diabetics are found to be more susceptible to periodontal disease, as well.
The bacteria that comes along with gingivitis can move through nerve channels, as well. This bacteria can move into the brain through nerves or the bloodstream, where it can even increase the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
By breathing in the bacteria that is sitting on your teeth, your lungs can be affected, too. Studies explore the connection between gum disease and lung infections, such as pneumonia, so keep yourself healthy by keeping your teeth free of harmful bacteria.
Before the bacteria moves to any other part of your body, it can damage the health of your teeth. If you don’t take good care of your teeth, their health will be impacted first. You may notice more cavities, disease of the gums, sensitivity, or even surgeries and treatments that are required to repair your teeth. Root canals and implants may be in your future if you don’t take care of your teeth today. Avoid these costly treatments and keep your health by practicing good dental hygiene.
Take care of your teeth and keep yourself healthy. If you’re due for a dental visit and a cleaning, give us a call today at (718) 943-9832 to schedule your appointment.
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