Edmond Dentist: Listing Health Concerns From Poor Dental Hygiene
In this crazy busy thing we call life it may seem like it’s ok to skip out on dental visits or brushing your teeth a few times here and there, but those skipped days can add up. Did you know that poor dental hygiene can actually lead to many health related problems? Those problems are very good reasons, besides wanting a brilliant smile, to take a few minutes of your busy schedule to brush, floss, and make time for the dentist. In part one of this series, our Edmond dentist is here to provide you with 3 reasons to maintain your oral health.
Here are 3 health problems that can be caused or worsened by NOT taking care of your teeth and gums. Our Edmond dentist wanted to share them with you!
1.) Lung Conditions: According to Sally Cram, consumer advisor for the American Dental Association, one study showed that people with serious gum disease [from poor dental hygiene] were 40% more likely to have a chronic condition on top of it. Those already suffering from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and pneumonia may have their condition worsened due to an increase of bacteria in their lungs.
2.) Rheumatoid Arthritis: Many medical experts have found that there is a link between periodontal disease and increased amounts of pain from those suffering from auto-immune disorders such as Rheumatoid Arthritis.
3.) Chronic Systemic Inflammation: This condition happens as a result of the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines from immune-related cells and the chronic activation of the innate immune system. According to Harvard Health Publications, the role of oral bacteria may very well cause problems throughout the cardiovascular system.
Do any of these bodily issues sound like something you want to deal with just because you skipped brushing, flossing, or visiting the dentist a few times? Our Edmond dentist would certainly say that these 3 reasons alone sound scary enough to put aside some time to take care of yourself.
If you’d like to learn more, please come back to read next week’s blog when our Edmond dentist will share 3 more health problems or reasons to maintain your oral health. If these reasons are enough for you and you’d like to make an appointment for a dental check-up, please feel free to contact our Edmond dentist by calling us at 405-844-8445.