How Oral Health Has A Ripple Effect Across Your Body!

How Oral Health Has A Ripple Effect Across Your Body!

From Mark Larkin

Although you may floss, brush and use teeth whitening methods to brighten up your smile and look great on daily basis (which is probably why you do all that), there are also so many benefits of proper oral health that...

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Although you may floss, brush and use teeth whitening methods to brighten up your smile and look great on daily basis (which is probably why you do all that), there are also so many benefits of proper oral health that go all throughout your entire body!

Scrubbing and flossing out unwanted bacteria inside your mouth on a regular basis (at least 2-3 times per day) allows us to essentially stop that bacteria from building up. When oral bacteria does build up it causes inflammation (see your bloody gums when flossing) and even infections that can be really gross and simply not what the rest of you deserves.

The ripple effect of oral health is incredible, and the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), as well as the reputable Dr. Garo Kassabian, have confirmed that people with any kind of gum disease also are 40 TIMES MORE LIKELY to also suffer from some other kind of chronic condition.

This is exactly why having great oral health is so important for everyone to take seriously, and understand that it’s not even remotely close to just a cosmetic thing. We’re talking about serious conditions that have been proven to originate from poor oral health habits, and here is a quick list of some of the serious conditions that can result from not taking good care of your teeth and gums!

Cardiovascular Disease

When you suffer from oral inflammation and bacteria this can ripple throughout your blood vessels and lead to horrifying problems like clogged arteries, heart disease and even strokes.

Diabetes

When you have trouble controlling oral inflammation your body can then begin to struggle controlling insulin use and blood sugar. High blood sugar is also something that catalyzes the growth of gum infections, which makes this a very undesirable cycle of unhealthiness.

Endocarditis

This is a condition in which bacteria and germs simply come from some other part of the body (the mouth!) and then spread throughout the body’s bloodstream and attach themselves to damaged blood vessels and areas of our hearts.

Osteoporosis

Tooth decay is a type of bone loss, and weak bones throughout the body can originate from bad oral health habits.

Pregnancy

Serious gum disease has been linked to low birth weight in newborns, as well as premature birth, so it’s extremely important to make sure you and your friends are taking care of their oral health while pregnant!

Although these implications that can result from the ripple effect of oral health are really scary, the truth of the matter is that it couldn’t be easier to avoid these problems by giving your mouth and smile the tough loving care that it deserves. Oral health maintenance is definitely something we should all take very seriously, and it’s simply just not about cosmetics anymore, we’re talking about the overall health of you, and that’s always number 1!

So make sure you’re always brushing/flossing a couple times a day (just always floss when you brush), and consider chewing sugar-free gum after eating to ensure the strength of your teeth!

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