Taking care of your teeth isn’t just a way to achieve good oral health. Poor dental hygiene can cause problems throughout the body.
Halitosis: A fancy word for bad breath, Halitosis is caused by poor brushing and flossing. Small food particles can remain lodged between teeth giving off hydrogen sulfide, the same chemical that gives rotten eggs that stinky smell.
Periodontal Disease: Bone deterioration can cause loss of teeth. Over 25% of people in the US over the age of 65 have actually lost all of their teeth.
Heart Disease: People with Periodontal Disease are twice as likely to develop heart disease such as narrowing of the arteries. This is caused by plaque entering the blood stream through the gums. Some studies have found that poor dental habits is as reliable at predicting heart disease as is studying cholesterol levels.
Atherosclerosis: High levels of bacteria in the mouth can cause obstruction of the cartoid artery and can increase your chance for stroke.
Respiratory Problems: Bacteria from Periodontal Disease can be carried through the bloodstream to the lungs, causing respiratory issues. This is more common in people already suffering from lung issues.
Diabetes: 95% of adults with Diabetes also have Periodontal Disease. One third of these patients have experienced tooth loss.
Erectile Dysfunction: Periodontal bacteria can travel through the blood stream, enflaming blood vessels and obstructing blood flow to the genitals. Men with periodontal disease are seven times more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.
Keep your Teeth Healthy, Keep your Body Healthy!