Side Effects of Not Taking Care of Your Teeth
- Posted on: Dec 15 2018
Often, we take so much of our good health for granted. And, especially when it comes to our teeth, we just ignore things that work as they’re supposed to. But, did you know that brushing and flossing regularly is helping prevent serious complications? Keep reading to learn what else brushing and flossing is doing to keep your health in tip-top shape, according to the Mayo Clinic.
You probably didn’t know that your teeth could affect your heart. But, it makes sense once you think about it. In fact, our bodies are made up of interconnected pieces that influence and affect each other. The bacteria from gum inflammation and disease can travel from your mouth to other parts of your body. Sometimes, this bacteria can be carried through the blood and cause hardening of the arteries in your heart. This can increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. There are cases of the interior lining of the heart becoming infected as well.
Bacteria that comes as a result of gingivitis can move through nerve channels, where it can cause serious issues. This bacteria can reach the brain via nerves or the bloodstream, where it may lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
If you have diabetes, your chances of developing gum disease are higher. And to add insult to injury, the inflammation of gum tissue and periodontal disease can actually make it harder to control your blood sugar, which can also make the side-effects of your diabetes worse.
Before any of these other concerns have a chance to set up shop, your mouth will feel the first effects of poor care. You may develop bad breath, painful gums, or even cavities. This can lead to loss of teeth in extreme cases.
Take care of your health by keeping your dental health intact. If you’re ready for an appointment, give us a call. Contact us today at (701) 222-1800 for our Bismarck office or (701) 463-2884 for our Garrison office to schedule an appointment. We’d love to see you and help you maintain great health overall.