Maintaining good oral health is key not only for your teeth and gums but also for your overall health, as infections and bacteria in the mouth can spread to other parts of the body, leading to heart problems, inflammations, out of control diabetes, and even some forms of cancer.
The majority of American adults have lost at least one tooth and will eventually suffer from some form of periodontal disease. But good oral health can greatly reduce the risks of tooth loss, gum disease, and of other less common oral health conditions.
It's always better to retain your natural teeth if at all possible, even if a root canal surgery is necessary, but post-tooth loss, dental implants are easily the tooth restoration method most friendly to your ongoing oral health.
There are many well known problems that can result from poor oral health, including periodontal disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, and chronic bad breath.
But a lack of oral cleanliness and regular care can also lead to a wide variety of less common and lesser known conditions. We will explore a number of these below to illustrate the dangers of neglecting regular brushing and flossing and regular dental and periodontal check-ups.
A lot is riding on your oral health. Poor mouth health has been shown to have connections with a wide variety of other health problems, ranging from heart disease, to diabetes, to Alzheimer's, to oral thrush, strep throat, bodily inflammations, and halitosis (chronic bad breath.) One recent study even suggests a possible link with esophageal cancer.