Why Is Oral Hygiene So Important?
Oral hygiene is how well you keep your mouth clean. But why is it so important? What are the consequences of not maintaining good oral hygiene?
There are a number of reasons to keep a high standard of oral hygiene, scientists have conducted a number of studies and research shows that poor oral hygiene is linked to:
- Heart disease
- Premature births
- Lung disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Suffering from social anxiety
In fact you’re almost twice as likely to develop heart disease if you have periodontal disease which can lead on to serious problems like suffering a heart attack or stroke.
Those who suffer with diabetes need to be extra vigilant with their cleaning as they are more prone to suffer from periodontal disease due to the alteration of their blood vessels, in turn stopping a normal supply of blood to the gums making them more susceptible to infection. Diabetes sufferers can also have a higher concentration of glucose in their saliva which will create the perfect environment for gum and bone destructing bacteria to grow.
Women are three times more likely to go into an early labour, before 35 weeks, if they suffer from gum disease and it is not treated successfully. Although research into this is in its early stages doctors had previously proven that severe gum disease, such as periodontitis, produces labour inducing chemicals called Prostaglandin and tumour necrosis factor, so stepping up your oral hygiene care during pregnancy is strongly advised to avoid this.
Disease of the lungs such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia have been linked to gum disease. These can occur when bacteria from the upper throat gets inhaled into the lungs causing the respiratory tract to become infected.
Although more research needs to be done and the clinical study was conducted on mice, scientists have found a link between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis. The bacteria most commonly found in gum disease had been shown to worsen collagen induced arthritis in mice, which is very similar to rheumatoid arthritis in humans. The study can be found here:-http://www.plospathogens.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.ppat.1003627
Not only does keeping good oral hygiene have loads of physical benefits to your health but it has mental benefits too. Smiling has been proven to help relieve stress and with a healthy mouth that’s all the more reason to smile. People with poor oral hygiene can also suffer from anxiety talking in large or small social situations due to embarrassment of poorly maintained oral hygiene.
If you struggle with your brushing technique or aren’t quite sure what is needed to maintain a high standard of oral hygiene then you can book an appointment at Caspian Dental Clinic for a free Oral Hygiene Instruction appointment where we go through all the handy hints and tips with you. Call us today on 01923 254979 or visit www.caspiandentalclinic.com
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