A number of studies have revealed a possible connection between oral health and an individual’s overall health in general.
Just like some areas of the body, your mouth can be a potential breeding ground for bacteria. Fortunately, the body’s natural defence and proper oral care can help dramatically keep the presence of bacteria under control.
Aside from contributing to a healthier mouth and a heightened self-confidence, a few more surprising advantages of good oral hygiene you ought to know.
1. Keeps Bad Breath at Bay
Medically termed as halitosis, bad breath can be either a symptom of an underlying oral problem or a result of poor dental care. That said, it’s best to have a regular dental check-up schedule in place and observe proper dental hygiene routine such as brushing, flossing, tongue cleaning and using antibacterial mouthwashes.
2. Weight Loss
Apart from resisting the temptation to devour a delightful dessert, brushing your teeth right after eating can likely contribute to weight loss as the act tricks your brain into thinking you’re already full. Also, make it a point to brush in the early evenings to ensure you don’t give in to some late-night snack cravings.
3. Healthier Heart
A study has found a significant connection between dental problems and increased cardiovascular disease risk. According to research, people who go through periodontal diseases are also known to be at a greater risk to develop heart diseases. Case in point, people with periodontal concerns are believed to likely suffer from myocardial infarction (heart attack) compared to people who have good oral health. This is most likely because gum diseases that resulted from extended bacterial exposure increase the inflammation level of the body. And inflammation is a major risk factor of most cardiovascular illnesses.
4. Healthier Conception
When you’re pregnant, paying a regular visit to your dentist is equally as important as going to an obstetrician/gynaecologist. While ongoing research has yet to prove why pregnant women having weak dental health are in a greater risk of delivering premature or low birth weight babies, they are examining a link between the two.
Premature babies are highly susceptible to abnormalities, developmental problems, behavioural difficulties and worse, infant death. Knowing how detrimental bad oral habits can possibly affect the growth and development of a foetus should be enough reason for pregnant women to be very particular about their oral health.
5. Diabetes Prevention
New studies have confirmed that gum diseases affect blood glucose level and therefore may predispose an individual to diabetes. The bacteria that cause periodontal diseases release toxins that can likely cause insulin resistance. This resistance may eventually lead to an elevated blood sugar level.
6. Oral Cancer Prevention
According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, an individual dies from oral cancer every hour of the day. While it can be easily diagnosed, mortality rate from this particular kind of cancer is considered high because it is usually discovered late. Aside from doing oral prophylaxis, most dentists also perform cancer screening as a part of their standard operating procedure to detect presence of any malignant cells.
7. Early Detection of Dental Problems
Since most dentists are capable of detecting early signs of tartar, cavities, damaged fillings, plaque build-up and other mouth-related problems, paying them a regular visit can definitely work to your advantage. If such problems remain untreated, it can take a toll on your gums and teeth, leaving you with expensive alternatives such as root canals, dental implants or worse, extraction.
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