Many people have difficulty finding the time to brush and floss their teeth each day. Nearly half of Americans don’t floss daily and up to 20 percent only brush their teeth once a day. Mounting evidence has linked proper dental hygiene to several health conditions. These illnesses range from gum disease to heart disease, but you can help your overall health just by brushing and flossing daily.
There are several things that are set into motion when you stop brushing your teeth. Our dentist in Salt Lake City wants you to know what can happen when you neglect your oral health including:
Gum Disease sets in when your teeth aren’t properly cleaned and plaque builds up along your gum line. Bleeding gums, bad breath and loosening teeth are the most noticeable warning signs. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and is reversible with better oral care and regular checkups at Warr Dental. If left alone, you could develop the second stage, periodontitis, and require periodontal therapy.
Damage to Your Overall Health
When a high amount of plaque builds up on your teeth and gums, your body reacts with inflammation. Some studies suggest that when your gums are irritated and swollen, bacteria can transmit through your mouth into your blood stream and lead to systemic inflammation. Bacteria can then latch onto your blood vessels. This ricochet effect can cause your overall health to recede and increase your risk of:
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Oral cancer
Researchers even found a possible link between gum disease and the cognitive decline associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
You can avoid these increased risk factors by brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes with a soft-bristled brush and flossing before bed.
If you’re in need of a dental cleaning and checkup, please call Warr Dental in Salt Lake City today at (801) 216-3713 to schedule your appointment. Our office serves patients in Salt Lake City, Midvale, West Jordan and surrounding areas of Utah.