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Poor Dental Hygiene

How Poor Dental Hygiene Affects Your Overall Health

Great dental health is known to help prevent conditions such as tooth decay and gum disease. What most patients are unaware of is that poor oral hygiene can cause problems to other areas of the body as well. When the mouth is unhealthy, the oral bacteria that causes tooth decay or disease can affect other areas of the body through the bloodstream.

Cardiovascular disease

Bacterial infections are just part of independent factors that can increase the risk of developing heart disease. The bacteria that causes gum infections can enter blood stream, where they attach to platelets. This results in infections within the cardiovascular system and also clumping of the platelets. When this occurs, there is a serious risk of blood clots, which block blood flow to the heart and other areas of the body.

Pancreatic cancer

Severe gum disease, or periodontitis, is associated with cancer of the pancreas. Studies of male patients have demonstrated that those with a history of periodontitis were likely to develop pancreatic cancer than those with healthy gums. It is not fully determined whether the two are positively or negatively correlated, but just linked. Even if a correlation is not determined, gingivitis can lead to severe gum disease if left untreated.

How to reduce risks

The key essential about minimizing health risks is good oral health care. You must practice consistent teeth and gum cleaning habits through proper brushing and flossing. Schedule regular exams with your dentist to detect problems early and reduce the risk of future complications.