At North County Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we want to make our patients aware that May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Throughout the years, we have noticed that many of our patients do not know how poor oral care can affect their physical health. We want to provide some clarity about this correlation so that our patients can enjoy happier and healthier smiles and lives.
How Your Oral Hygiene Affects Your Oral Health
When you do not take good care of your teeth and gums, they become more susceptible to infections and tooth decay. Bear in mind that your mouth is already home to millions of bacteria. Most of them are harmless as long as you brush your teeth regularly, floss and get regular dental checkups. When you become negligent with your oral hygiene, you make it easier for the harmful bacteria to take over, increasing your chances of developing gum infections like gingivitis and tooth decay. Prolonged negligence can cause you develop gum disease.
During the early stages of gingivitis, you may experience some of the following symptoms.
• Bleeding gums
• Swollen and inflamed gums
• Chronic bad breath or halitosis
• Darkening of the gums
It is important for you to pay attention to your teeth and gums, so you do not miss any of the above symptoms. Immediate diagnosis and treatment can reverse most of the effects of gingivitis. Delayed diagnosis and treatment can result in you having gum disease, which is not curable.
The Prolonged Effects of Poor Oral Hygiene on Your Health
Untreated gum disease can lead to plaque and harmful bacteria seeping into your bloodstream. Once the bacteria reach your heart, it can cause the arteries to harden and restrict blood flow to the rest of your body. Your heart, brain and major organs are all affected by poor oral health and can result in a shorter life expectancy.
If you are ready to start taking better care of your teeth and gums, contact us at North County Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Christopher Henninger.