Importance of Good Oral Hygiene

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The importance of good oral hygiene is to sustain healthy teeth and gums because it can also impact your overall health. Some studies show that poor oral health can directly link to other health complications such as pneumonia and endocarditis. The general conditions can be severe and life-threatening, and they can all associate with oral hygiene, which includes:

  • Cardiovascular disease is believed to cause infections and inflammations caused by the mouth’s bacteria that contribute to heart disease, clogged arteries, and stroke. By having a proper oral hygiene routine, you can minimize the number of bacteria to reduce the risk of developing further complications.
  • Pneumonia is a high-risk factor when bacteria in your mouth travel their way to your lungs to produce a range of respiratory problems. Pneumonia is known to be a severe infection and is usually life-threatening.
  • Endocarditis is when the inner lining in the valves of your heart becomes infected. The bacteria from your mouth can enter the bloodstreams to spread to other regions of your body directly. The heart is the most critical organ and any infection close to severe various health conditions and high-risk complexities.
  • Pregnancy has been linked to periodontitis due to the new mothers being susceptible to develop gum disease following labour. It is essential that during pregnancy, keep all dental appointments to avoid future impact on your teeth and gums.

All health conditions or pre-existing conditions can affect your overall health, and you will need to take extra care to protect your teeth and gums. Please make sure to visit your dentist regularly to help ensure your overall health. It will help your dentist identify any potential harm with routine check-ups and oral examination before it becomes untreatable. If you have any questions, contact our office today to provide you with any supplementary information you need.

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