HOW A SIMPLE BRUSHING OF TEETH CAN PREVENT SERIOUS DISEASES

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As kids, we were always taught by our parents to brush our teeth at least twice a day. We hated it. We hated brushing and flossing. We cursed dental appointments. We regretted being young. But what if one day, you realize this “hated part of being a child” could save you your own life?

Studies show that your oral health and your systematic health are closely linked to each other. Aside from the fact that good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease, it can also contribute to an earlier prevention and detection of certain medical conditions. So what happens if we don’t brush?

Here are four serious types of illnesses that are linked to poor oral health:

  • • Heart Disease – Chronic inflammation from the gums and periodontal disease can enter the bloodstream which can travels to the arteries, leading to a heart attack.
  • • Risk for Dementia – Poor dental health conditions such as tooth loss and gingivitis are risk factors for memory loss and early stage Alzheimer’s disease. The bacteria produced by inflammation of the gums may travel to the brain through the nerve channels, thus affecting the memory.
  • • Respiratory Infection – People with pneumonia and other respiratory problems may worsen the case of their condition due to increased bacteria from gum diseases. The bacteria travel to the bloodstream, then into their lungs.
  • • Diabetes – Periodontal disease and gum infections make it more difficult to control the blood sugar. As a result, the patient at risk for even more diabetic complications.

The message of this article is very simple. It is very important to take care of our teeth and gums, not only do we want a whiter teeth and healthier gums but a healthier body too. So let’s remember these very easy steps: Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss regularly. Visit your dentist here at Sherwood Park Dental regularly (once or twice a year) for your checkups and cleanings. Follow these instructions and be amazed how a simple brushing of the teeth can save someone’s life.