Cleaner Teeth Can Brush Away Health Risks
We get it, it’s been a long day and you’re tired. It’s bedtime and you just want to put on your pajamas and go to bed. But think twice about being tempted to skip brushing and flossing your teeth. Poor dental habits have a surprising ripple effect throughout your body.
If you ask most people why they brush their teeth, they’ll say it’s to avoid cavities, have a dazzlingly white smile and fresh breath. However, the risks associated with not brushing your teeth go far beyond bad breath and coffee stains. Poor dental hygiene can have a profound impact on your health and longevity.
The Benefits of Good Oral Hygiene
Sharper brain – Current studies show people with severe periodontal disease are three times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. They also demonstrate a link between oral hygiene and stroke risk.
Healthier kidneys – Periodontal health and atherosclerosis have been linked for a few decades. Atherosclerosis can be the root to many undesirable health problems, including chronic kidney disease.
Stronger heart – Bacteria from the mouth can pass through the bloodstream causing infection or inflammation of the inner lining of the heart chambers and valves. This can lead to endocarditis, and if left untreated can be fatal.
Lower blood sugar – People with diabetes and periodontal disease may have a harder time controlling their blood glucose levels.
Make Bedtime Brushing and Flossing A Routine
At the end of the day (no pun intended), brushing and flossing should be as much a routine as getting dressed for bed. At Reisman Dental Group, Dr. James Reisman and Dr. Jordana Contrucci cannot emphasize enough the importance of good oral healthcare habits. Practice great home care and see your dentist and hygienist at least twice a year. By making your oral health a priority, you might just be saving your life.