The serious effects of poor dental hygiene
Your mouth is the gateway to your body. Dentists, all over the world, go on advising to brush your teeth twice a day. Cleaning your teeth daily is considered a good habit. But shining teeth is not a sure shot guarantee of good health. The mouth is full of bacteria. It is said that there are more bacteria in the mouth than there are people on the earth. This is called oral hygiene that includes cavities in teeth, sore gums, and tooth loss.
Usually, people are not particular about their teeth. It is only when they feel pain or discomfort in their teeth, they visit the doctor. Inflammation of the gums is a very serious disease. In this disease, the gums become red and sore and there is an acute infection.
Poor oral health contributes to too many serious problems with health.
Dental hygiene or oral health consists of:-
- Dental decay
- Sore gums
- Tooth loss
If teeth are not brushed properly daily in the morning and evening particularly before going to bed to sleep, the action of bacteria starts leading to foul smell. Even wise men advise that teeth should be properly cleaned and washed after every meal to remove the food particles and especially after taking drink having sugar. If teeth are not cleaned properly, bacteria will start their action. This causes cavities in the teeth, leading to their decay.
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums. Click on https://legacy.biogetica.com/how-to-find-natural-gingivitis-medicines-treatments-cures. The gums become red and sore and start giving pain leading to infection. Plaque is produced, which is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria that constantly goes on building up and there is formed a hardened layer on the teeth. It has to be removed daily. If it is not removed by brushing the teeth daily, this plaque turns into tartar and becomes a major cause of infection of the gums and even tooth loss. It can also lead to damage to the bone supporting the teeth.
Removal of plaque is very essential. If it is not removed properly, it can lead to heart disease and stroke. Studies show that if plaque is not removed properly, the bacteria go into the arteries of the heart thus blocking them fully or partially. This may cause damage to the functioning of the heart. When bacteria reach the lungs, these may produce suffocation and difficulty in breathing. Plaque or infection of the gums may affect diabetic patients and creates more serious problems for them. When the arteries supplying the brain are clogged, it leads to memory loss or dementia.
Oral health is very important for pregnant women. It may lead to premature births. Even the deliveries may become more painful. There may be an increased risk of stillbirths or babies with congenital abnormalities.
After going through the above, it is very important to take remedial measures to minimize the ill effects of the disease. Some important measures are as follows:
- Brush your teeth twice in a day and wash your mouth after every meal.
- Visit your doctor regularly for checking and taking corrective measures.
- Eat a healthy diet
- Avoid smoking
- Pregnant women should take healthy diet
- Avoid sugary snacks at night
Dr Ritu Sandhu, B.H.M.S., Homeopath, and NASH member graduated From Chandigarh Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, INDIA is a licensed Homeopathy practitioner since the last seventeen years. She writes on health-related topics to share her cumulative experience. Her mission is to uphold the time-honored values of compassion and humanity when caring for patients.