In today’s fast paced world most Americans are busier than ever. Finding the proper amount of time to keep your teeth clean is often a challenge. This can put many at risk and cause some unwanted side effects that can affect your overall health. Regular dental hygiene check-ups and visits to Los Angeles Dentist Dr. Schlang can reduce your risk of developing dental-related issues. Here are some good reasons to squeeze in 5 minutes of oral hygiene each day.
Bad Breath – Bad breath is directly related to bacteria growing on food stuck in your mouth, gum disease, and an un-brushed tongue.
Tooth Loss – There are great, natural-looking options for replacing lost teeth, such as veneers or dental implants however the best defense against tooth loss is brushing and flossing every day. This helps prevent cavities and gum disease.
Gum Disease – Gum disease can be linked to many other non-dental health issues in the body. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, you may be one of the many Americans who have gum disease. Neglect your gum disease too long and it could lead to other unwanted health issues.
Pneumonia – What lingers in your mouth may be inhaled into the lungs. If your mouth is loaded with bacteria, your risk of infecting your lungs increases. There are studies that found the risk of pneumonia was three times higher in patients with periodontitis.
Diabetes – It’s easy to ignore the effects of poor oral hygiene because they’re hidden in your mouth. But gum disease may point to problems with diabetes and heart disease and loose teeth could be a sign of osteoporosis (WebMD).
Kidney Disease – According to the American Journal of Kidney Disease, people with periodontal disease had a 4.5 times higher risk of kidney disease, while people with no teeth showed a 11 times higher risk.
Cancer – People whose teeth and gums are in poor condition may be more susceptible to an oral virus that can cause certain mouth and throat cancers, according to WebMD.
As always, good dental health is essential for overall health. Take the time to brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. To improve dental health, make sure you schedule regular dental cleanings and visit Dr. Schlang if you have any concerns or pain.