If you’ve been slacking on brushing your teeth lately, you might be wondering how bad the consequences can really be. Having a cavity filled really isn’t the end of the world, is it? That’s what most people think will happen if they don’t brush their teeth, a thought that is instilled in us by our parents constantly saying, “if you don’t brush your teeth you’ll get a cavity” when we were younger. However, what many people don’t know is that getting a cavity is the least of your worries when it comes to bad oral hygiene.
What Can Happen If You Don’t Brush and Floss Your Teeth
When you have bad oral hygiene, cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues are likely to arise. However, the problems don’t stop there. Poor oral health can also put you at risk for heart disease as bacteria related to gum disease can actually enter the bloodstream and travel to your heart. In addition, bad oral hygiene can also affect the brain by causing dementia and possibly even Alzheimer’s disease. That’s not all, your respiratory system can also suffer from bad oral health if bacteria travels into the lungs, causing, pneumonia, bronchitis, COPD, and even respiratory infections.
Pregnancy complications are another issue that might arise if pregnant women do not maintain their oral health. Any infection in the mother’s body during pregnancy can increase the risk of experiencing pregnancy complications. Gingivitis and periodontitis have been linked to premature births and even low birth rates. It can also take a woman with poor oral health longer to get pregnant and might even impact their ability to sustain a healthy pregnancy.
Other negative implications of poor oral health are Rheumatoid Arthritis, kidney disease, and cancer. As you can see, it is essential to maintain your oral health.
How to Maintain Your Oral Health
How do you prevent oral health issues? The first thing is to brush and floss regularly. You should floss once a day and brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes. Using a fluoride toothpaste is also helpful, as is seeing the dentist every six months for regular cleanings. Also, if you experience any oral health issues, you should see a dentist immediately.
Metropolitan Smiles Can Help with Your Oral Health!
If you are experiencing pain in your mouth, it’s time to call Metropolitan Smiles. Bad oral health can have lasting and significant negative consequences on your overall health and you shouldn’t leave issues unaddressed. At Metropolitan Smiles, you will be treated in our relaxing, state of the art dental facility by experienced dentists Dr. Artin Sakhaee. From routine cleanings—which you should have every 6 months, by the way—to dentures, fillings, implants, crowns, and more, Dr. Sakhaee has the knowledge and experience necessary to provide exceptional, pain-free dentistry services. If you need an implant to replace a rotting tooth or simply need to get on a regular cleaning schedule in Queens County with a trusted dentist, Metropolitan Smiles is the place for you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!