We all know that good oral health and hygiene is vital to keep our teeth and gums healthy. However, did you know that good oral health and hygiene can also reduce the risk of developing many other diseases in other parts of the body? Your oral hygiene can impact much more than just your teeth and gums.
Gum disease or periodontitis is caused by a strain of bacteria. It can cause bleeding, swelling, sensitivity and bad breath. In some cases, the bacteria can cause tooth loss and receding gums. This sounds bad enough, right? It turns out that gum disease or periodontitis will also increase your chances of developing heart and lung disease.
The microbes that cause gum disease can easily get into your bloodstream. There, they can wreak havoc on your arteries as well as teeth. The bacteria can attach itself to artery walls and increase the likelihood of blood clots and constriction. This raises the risk of suffering both a heart attack and stroke. Both arteries that pump blood to your brain and heart can be impacted by bacteria that cause periodontitis.
Want to reduce your chances of getting a heart attack or stroke? If you have gum disease or think you do, then see a doctor and get it treated right away. For everyone else, practice and maintain good oral hygiene. As you can see, your oral hygiene can have a significant impact on the rest of your body. Practice good hygiene, and you will have better health elsewhere in the body.
Gum disease is even thought to be a risk factor for cancer. Inflammation caused by the bacteria responsible for gum disease can increase the likelihood of getting cancer of the esophagus. Other cancers were found to be more prevalent in people who have had periodontitis as well. Once again, it pays to practice good oral hygiene.
For men, gum disease can impact your sex life. Bacteria responsible for gum disease can restrict the flow to the penis. This can result in the inability to get an erection. A more severe case can be impotence resulting from the bacteria that also cause an infection of the mouth. A study found that men who had periodontitis were up to 80% more likely to be impotent than men who had good oral hygiene. It turns out that not only will gum disease make you less kissable but it can affect your performance in the bed. The key is proper dental hygiene, and that includes flossing daily.