We’re sorry to tell you that the mouth is one of the dirtiest areas of the body. It has been said that the mouth harbours more bacteria than there are people on this planet!
When bacteria have time to cultivate in the mouth it can lead to gum disease. Gum disease can complicate an already existing health issue or may even bring on a new one. It also makes for an unsightly smile.
There is a strong link between having poor oral health and having poor overall health. The bacterium that cause periodontitis can enter the bloodstream via bleeding gums which is what links the two together.
Here are just a few medical conditions linked to poor oral hygiene:
- Heart disease
- Endocarditis – Bacteria may find its way to the inner linings of the heart and valves which in turn, create growth pockets of bacteria. T
- Stroke – It is believed that oral bacteria may be a contributing factor to the arteries narrowing as well as blood clots easily forming because of the body’s negative response to the bacteria in the bloodstream.
- Inflammation – Inflamed gums and bleeding may cause systemic inflammation.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis – It is known that periodontal disease will worsen the pain!
- Lung Condition – Those already suffering from Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia may have their condition worsened due to an increase of bacteria in their lungs.
The best way to fight this is to have a good oral hygiene regimen. Removing plaque is the only way to keep your gums and teeth free from disease. Brush your teeth at least two times a day and use the Doctor’s BrushPicks in between your teeth. Brushing and brushpicking is the best prevention to a healthy mouth!