10 Damaging Effects of Poor Dental Hygiene and Unhealthy Teeth

Taking care of our teeth should be one of our major daily priorities. Sadly, it is not the case with some people. It is unknown to some people that our dentition is often the major determinant of our cleanliness. Poor dental hygiene goes beyond unpleasant stains or toothache; it extends to other serious health issues that include;


1. Dementia

Research has proven that poor dental hygiene can increase the risk of dementia. This is especially common when it results in tooth loss.



2. Cardiovascular disease

One might wonder how poor dental hygiene could be related to a heart attack or stroke. Truth be told, this is possible when untreated oral or dental infection aggravates to the point where bacteria enters the bloodstream. At this point, it can cause hardening of the arteries, leading to a clog in the inner walls of the arteries, restricting blood flow and increasing risk of stroke.



3. Pregnancy issues

Certain dental issues have been proven to have been linked to premature birth and low birth weight. These dental issues can be treated in our dental hygiene centre, and advice will be given to prevent future occurrence.



4. Respiratory infections

Based on studies conducted, that appeared in the Journal of Periodontology, disease of the gum stands to increase the risk of some respiratory diseases like Pneumonia and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ( COPD).



5. Diabetic Complications

Dental diseases can aggravate diabetic symptoms by making it hard for patients to have control of their blood sugar level.



6. Erectile dysfunction

A link has been discovered by different studies between poor dental health and erectile dysfunction.

7. Infertility

Science has provided an undeniable link between poor dental hygiene and abnormal sperm count in men.



8. Endocarditis

Endocarditis is a dangerous infection that occurs when bacteria ( most especially) or other germs, finds its way from any part of your body, like your mouth, to your heart through the bloodstream. It affects the inner lining of the heart, which is why it is dangerous.



9. Kidney disease

Various diseases can affect the kidney of which most are deadly. Some of these diseases have been shown by researchers to have a potential link to poor dental hygiene.



10. Cancer

Poor oral hygiene is not the major cause of some deadly cancer types as you might think. However, there could be a relationship between poor oral health and a particular type of deadly cancer. It is not entirely certain about the relationship between poor oral health and this type of cancer, but researchers believe that the bacteria responsible for various tooth and dental infections, could play a role in the onset of pancreatic cancer.



Surprisingly, inadequate care of our oral cavity has bee shown to be tied to several diseases, including dreadful cancer. Without been told, one needs to pay close attention to the care of our mouth. If you are at a loss, perhaps, on how to take proper care of your mouth, schedule a visit to our dental hygiene centre around Croydon. You will be provided with information on how to properly care for your dentition to prevent infections or links to other dangerous diseases. At Smile 4 U Dental Hygienists in Croydon provide some vital information will include brushing twice daily, flossing and regular check-ups.

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