Oral Hygiene

Your oral hygiene can impact your body and your heart:
The mouth is a significant entry point into the body, and having poor oral health can lead to harmful consequences for your entire body. The mouth gives you clues about your overall health. Bad breath, bleeding gums, and aching teeth are all indicators of poor oral health, and if not tended to correctly, bacteria from poor oral hygiene can get into the bloodstream and cause inflammation and possible infection in other parts of your body.
Dental Hygienist at Work
Heart disease is a real danger a person may face if they have poor oral health. Gums can get inflamed from the bacteria that cause gingivitis and periodontal disease (also known as gum disease). That bacteria can get into the bloodstream causing the arteries to build up plaque and to harden. The hardening of the arteries is called Arteriosclerosis. Arteriosclerosis is severe as it restricts the blood flow to your organs and tissues and can cause a heart blockage, increasing the probability of a heart attack. The harmful impact on the arteries and blood vessels can also lead to hypertension (high blood pressure) and increase the risk for strokes. Endocarditis (the infection of the inside lining of the heart caused by bacteria) can also develop, which is an often fatal condition. Many other complications can occur if a person’s oral hygiene is not taken care of properly. These can include:

It is important to see Dr. Brannon and the Oral Hygienists at BrannonSmiles regularly to avoid serious risk to the body’s overall health.

To practice good oral hygiene, you should:

Oral health is an essential indicator of your general health. Taking care to prevent problems, such as gingivitis and periodontal disease, can go a long way towards reducing the risk of more severe health problems throughout the body, especially your heart.