5 Reasons You’ll Never Forget to Brush Your Teeth Again
Preventing dental and overall health problems start with good care at home. Brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day is a simple but imperative task to keep your mouth and body healthy. While dental problems are an issue of their own, poor dental care increases the risk of harmful bacteria, which can cause diseases and infections that affect other areas of your body. Brushing should always be a priority in order to avoid complications with your health.
1. Gum Disease (Gingivitis)
Gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, is caused by not keeping the gingival, or gums, healthy and allowing bacteria into the mouth. The bacteria cause inflammation of the gums, called gingivitis. This bacterium can enter the bloodstream and cause systematic issues. Gum disease has been linked to low birth weight, kidney infections and cardiac issues.
2. Periodontal infections
Periodontitis means “inflammation around the tooth.” When gingivitis is not treated, gums pull away from the teeth and form spaces that become infected. These infections cause bone loss due to the bacterial release of acids that irritate delicate gingival tissues and cause micro-ulcerations under the gum line. Your body tries to fight this infection and it is your own personal immune response that causes swelling, redness and bleeding. The tissue wants to pull away from the sight of infection and this causes reduction in the bone levels around the teeth and gingival recession.
3. Tooth loss
If infections are left untreated, tooth loss is the result. You cannot properly chew or eat, so nutritional health is affected as well. Some patients report changes in the taste of their food and those with dentures report not being able to sense food texture. Keep your real teeth as long as you can.
4. Bacterial colonies fester with high blood sugar
Bacteria’s food source is sugar, and high blood sugar levels equal a high bacterial load. In particular, changes in diabetic patients’ blood sugar cause bacterial colonies to skyrocket. This in turn leads to more gingival inflammation and bleeding. The capillary restriction that diabetes causes also delays the healing process and your body’s ability to fight harder to heal itself. This cycle then allows more bacteria to enter the bloodstream and more systemic issues will result down the line.
5. Swelling due to hormonal fluctuations
Hormonal fluctuations from puberty and menopause can also cause sudden changes in gingival health. The gums may become more sensitive and swell, thus trapping more plaque and food debris between the teeth, which leads to the cycle of bacterial infection and cavities. Again, proper twice a day brushing and flossing nightly will help to keep the bacterial counts down while the body adjusts to these changes.