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EFFECTS OF DENTAL HYGIENE ON OVERALL HEALTH

What leads to oral health problems?

Oral health problems are caused by numerous factors. This includes dental caries, periodontal disease, oro-dental trauma, oral cancers, and cleft lip and palate. It is important to note that most oral health conditions can be prevented if treatment is sought during the early stages of the conditions. Dental caries is witnessed once the plaque forms on the tooth converting the free sugars obtained from the drinks and foods to form acids that eventually destroy the teeth if not removed for a long time. The plaques can be avoided by reducing the intake of free sugars, adequate exposure to fluoride, and regular brushing of the teeth. Extensive accumulation of plaque leads to infections and tooth loss. Tobacco use and poor oral hygiene are among the main causes of periodontal disease. The disease is characterized by bad breath, swollen and bleeding gums, and pain. In severe conditions, the teeth become loose and fall out eventually. Oro-dental trauma results from the oral cavity, teeth injury, and mouth.

What are some benefits of good oral hygiene?

Good oral hygiene plays an important role in reducing possible oral health problems. Some of the underlying benefits include:

  • Reduced tooth decay.
  • Reduced sensitivity of the tooth.
  • Reduced cavities and subsequent dental fillings.
  • Preventative care is cheaper in comparison to an actual emergency.
  • Natural teeth last longer reducing the need for crowns or dentures.
  • It promotes fresh breath.
  • Boost gum health.

Some of the recommended good oral hygiene includes daily brushing of the teeth with the use of toothpaste that contains fluoride. One should make a point of flossing the teeth once a day. It is important to drink plenty of water between meals to wash away the food particles clogs between the teeth. One should visit the dentist regularly for expert assessment of the teeth.

How oral health diseases are linked to the overall health of the body?

Poor oral health can contribute to other conditions and diseases. Some of these conditions include endocarditis, cardiovascular diseases, pregnancy and birth problems, and pneumonia. Endocarditis is an infection that affects the inner lining of the heart. The infection results whenever the germs from other infected parts of the body such as the gums gain access of the heart through the bloodstreams. Research further indicates that stroke and clogged arteries result from infections and inflammation caused by oral bacteria. Many cases of low birth weight and premature birth have been reported as a result of periodontitis. This is a severe gum infection that destroys the soft tissue and could also lead to tooth loss. The disease is characterized by swollen and tender gums.

How does dental health affect your overall health?     

The mouth acts as the window in accessing the things that are happening in the body. There exists an important relationship between the overall wellness of the body and oral health. For instance, gum diseases are linked to numerous illnesses such as diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and respiratory disease. People suffering from gum diseases have a three times likelihood of suffering from stroke and twice as likely to die from a heart attack.

Why is oral health education important?

Oral health education is important in the improvement of practice, knowledge, and attitude of oral health. Oral diseases are preventable and with sufficient information on your oral health, the disease can be stopped before it escalates and becomes more severe.

What are some health problems caused by bad teeth?  

An infected tooth tends to produce sharp pain. It then becomes impossible for an individual to sleep due to the immense pain. Lack of sleep leads to fatigue and could result in other serious health problems. When a tooth has sensitivity, eating becomes difficult. Food boosts the immunity of the body protecting you from diseases. Therefore, not eating makes the body weak and susceptible to diseases attacks.

 

Citations

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/oral-health-affects-wellness

https://www.colgateprofessional.com/education/patient-education/topics/systemic/why-a-healthy-mouth-is-good-for-your-body