Your mouth contains loads of bacteria, most of which are harmless. However, since your mouth is the barrier to entry for your digestive and respiratory systems, some of these bacteria, if left unchecked, can be a contributing factor to disease.
To make matters worse, certain diseases linked to poor oral hygiene, can, in turn, reduce the body’s ability to resist infection. In preventing poor dental health and disease, it’s a good idea to have an understanding of how it’s all linked.
Here are six common diseases correlating to poor dental hygiene:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Respiratory diseases
- Premature birth & low birth weight
- Cancer – Kidney, Pancreatic & Blood
Maintain a healthy mouth by brushing twice per day and flossing once per day. Also make that dentist visit to receive the recommended fluoride treatments, antibiotics, fillings, crowns, sealants and root canals.