We all know good dental hygiene is important for having a healthy mouth. However, it may be just as important to having a healthy body, as well. It’s estimated that less than half of Americans floss every day, and over a third of Americans have not seen a dentist in over a year. This adds up to an epidemic of poor dental hygiene and gum disease, which have been linked to three of the most prominent health issues we’re facing today.
- Heart Disease
People with gum disease are twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who have healthy gums. Unhealthy gums allow bacteria and plaque from the teeth to enter the bloodstream, narrowing the arteries and causing blockages. In fact, the presence of gum disease is an even better predictor of heart disease than cholesterol levels.
Another side effect of bacteria and plaque in the bloodstream is the narrowing of the carotid artery leading to the brain — as well as the blood vessels in the brain itself — which causes an increased risk of having a stroke. Those with gum disease are twice as likely to suffer a stroke as those whose gums and mouth are in healthy shape.
95% of diabetic adults in America also have gum disease. High blood sugar can lower your body’s ability to fight off harmful bacteria, such as those found in the mouth; but poor dental health can also impact your body’s ability to keep blood sugar under control.
Along with poor dental health, each of these three health conditions is reaching epidemic levels in America. The evidence shows that oral hygiene and health are inextricably linked; thus, taking care of your teeth and gums is more important than ever. Taking a few minutes every day to brush and floss can potentially save you a lot of pain and suffering down the road. To make sure you always have good oral hygiene, see the best Bellevue dentists regularly to keep your mouth and body in good shape!
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