6 Medical Problems Caused By Poor Oral Hygiene

poor oral hygieneWe have been taught that we should take good care of our teeth and our gums. If everything is good inside our mouth or what we put in our mouth, we can assure ourselves that all will be fine inside the rest of our body. Poor oral hygiene can lead to many medical problems. Maybe that’s why our mouth is known as the ‘gateway to the body’.

Practicing simple steps like brushing and flossing can save your teeth and help you maintain a good oral hygiene. A balanced diet without sticky and sugary foods and routine dental visits are also few good habits that one should adopt as a part of a healthy lifestyle.

Should we do all these things just for clean teeth and fresh breath? Or is there anything more that we want to gain? Is there anything that we want to prevent from happening? Yes, we are prone to a few medical problems if we fail to maintain a good oral hygiene. Six of them are listed below-

  1. Heart disease– Those who have gum disease, also known as periodontitis, are more prone to a cardiac stroke or to develop a heart disorder. Through our gums the harmful oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream and cause the narrowing of our blood vessels over time. This results in heart disorder.
  2.  Dementia– If you lose your teeth due to dental decay you are at an increased risk of developing dementia (memory loss). A study has revealed that gum infection causes the release of certain inflammatory cells that might lead to inflammation of brain cells and then death of those cells eventually.
  3. Respiratory problems– Oral bacteria may cross the blood barrier by entering the lungs and cause respiratory problems like acute bronchitis or pneumonia. Those who are already suffering from respiratory problems are found to have aggravated episodes due to oral infection.
  4. Diabetes– A diabetic is highly susceptible to severe gum infection and tooth loss if they do not take care of their oral hygiene. This is because a diabetic has a compromised immunity and they can pick up infection from anywhere because their immunity cells do not function properly.
  5. Erectile problem– It has been reported that those men who had periodontal disease were 7 times more likely to have erectile dysfunction than those men who kept their oral health in a good status. This is because oral bacteria percolates into the blood infected gums and travels down to the genital area.
  6. Cancer– Those who are suffering from gum disease are at a high risk of developing cancer of kidneys, pancreas and blood.

Hence, it is essential for us to practice oral hygiene methods to save ourselves from such devastating side effects.