Brushing your teeth is not just important for a whiter smile and fresher breath, it’s also vital for your overall health. When you brush, you remove plaque – a thin film of bacteria that sticks to your teeth that can cause cavities, gum disease, and potentially the loss of teeth. If this sounds gruesome, it gets worse. Think of your mouth as the doorway to the rest of your body. Besides being a dental health concern, bacteria developing inside your mouth can invade other systems in your body. Research shows that poor dental health may contribute to a number of very serious conditions you’d never expect.
1. Prevent Dental Health Problems Like Gum Disease and Gingivitis
While this is a bit more obvious than the other reasons, regular brushing will help prevent gum disease. Gum disease and Gingivitis are caused by the plaque buildup around your teeth, leading to swollen gums and teeth that bleed when you brush. Avoid high dental costs by regularly brushing and visiting your dentist. Here are nine indicators that you are at risk for developing gum disease.
2. Avoid Periodontitis and the Resulting High Dental Costs
After your gums begin to swell and bleed, the gingivitis can potentially spread to the bone surrounding your teeth. This results in a loss of bone that if left untreated can lead to the loosening and subsequent loss of teeth. Be sure to take a preventative approach to best avoid the associated pain and potential costs of dental implants.
3. Prevent Heart Disease
A 2012 study in the American Journal of Medicine has shown that older adults who properly brush and get thorough dental cleanings may have a lower heart attack risk than people who follow a less-stringent oral health regimen.
4. Prevent Stroke
This same study also found a link between brushing and visiting a dentist for regular professional teeth cleaning with a decreased risk of suffering a stroke.
5. Prevent Respiratory Diseases
A 2011 study published in the Journal of Periodontology has shown that oral infections and diseases can raise the risk of respiratory diseases, including pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
6. Promote Healthy Babies
Believe it or not, having a good dental hygiene routine can lead to a healthier pregnancy. Antibodies to bacterial infection in the mother have been found in umbilical cords of the baby after delivery. Also a 2007 study showed that periodontal disease is linked to low birth weight.
7. Keep Your Weight In Check
Brushing your teeth also serves as an indicator to your brain that mealtime’s over. Brushing your teeth after a meal can help ward off mindless eating and consuming more calories than you need. This, in turn, may decrease any disappointment the next time you step on the scale.
8. Help Your Brain
A 2010 study from the NYU College of Dentistry showed that gum disease may increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
Avoiding dental health issues is not only important to keeping your smile looking great, but also for your overall health. Preventative measures like regularly brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist reduce potential dental costs and help you avoid the unpleasant side effects of gum disease.
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