Why is Oral Hygiene So Important?
Dental care visits are about more than maintaining good oral hygiene; they allow your dentist to monitor your whole-body health, which includes determining your risk for chronic diseases. Therefore, the importance of good oral hygiene runs deep. The condition of your mouth mirrors the health of your entire body. Take care of your dental health to ward off certain physical ailments and diseases.
Poor Oral Health and Health Problems
Research has uncovered a link between gum disease and health conditions like heart disease and stroke. Pregnant mothers with gum disease are more likely to deliver premature babies at a lower birth weight. Other studies have determined that 90 percent of systemic disorders have oral symptoms such as dry mouth, persistent gum problems, swollen gums, and mouth ulcers.
Patients who keep up with routine dentist visits have regular oral exams. Sometimes a dentist is the first health care professional to discover and diagnose a health concern at the beginning stages.
Good Oral Hygiene for Better Health
If you don’t practice good oral hygiene habits, poor dental health can lead to problems with your overall health.
- Face and Mouth Pain: This type of pain is usually due to a gum infection called gingivitis. This is the early stage of gum disease that may lead to tooth loss, or worse. Periodontal disease is the advanced stage, which affects over 75 percent of people in the U.S.
- Heart and Organ Conditions: Oral infections can travel to major organs, like with bacterial endocarditis. With this condition, the heart and valves become inflamed. This heart problem affects patients with cardiac disease or damage to the heart.
- GI Issues: Problems with digestion start in the mouth and may lead to IBS, intestinal failure or other gastrointestinal disorders.
Hygiene Practices at Home
Managing good oral hygiene at home is the first step towards reducing your risk of developing these conditions. Good hygiene at home includes:
- Brushing twice a day
- Flossing at least once a day
- Eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet
- Avoiding the use of tobacco products
- Scheduling routine dental exams and cleanings
Regular Dental Care
Regular dentist visits help maintain your good oral health and allow your dental professional to keep an eye on your overall health condition. A comprehensive examination can detect nutrition issues, growth and development concerns, and jaw misalignments. Be sure to update your dentist with any changes in your and your family’s medical history. Is it almost time for a routine check up? Book an appointment with our office today!