Often the most understated practices in our health is dental hygiene. Neither we make regular trips to a dentist’s chair nor we like being told how to brush our teeth although it is well documented that oral health has a link to our overall health.
Pregnant ladies are recommended to schedule regular dental appointments to make sure they do not suffer from any gum problems. Gingivitis can grow acute during pregnancy. Other gum problems can lead to preterm or low birth weight infants. Not only gum problems affect pregnant ladies but it can make other health conditions worse.
Dental Hygiene and Relation to Other Diseases
Bad dental hygiene makes it harder to control Blood Sugar levels
Gum inflammation and periodontal disease can make it difficult to control the blood sugar levels and make you prone to diabetes. On the other hand, diabetic people must be careful with their oral health as they are more prone to periodontal diseases.
Bad dental hygiene means more infections and inflammations
There is a link between gum disease and development of rheumatoid arthritis. Gum diseases can also lead to lung infections, especially pneumonia.
Bad dental hygiene leads to Heart Risks
The bacteria which causes gum inflammation can travel to the arteries of the heart through the blood stream. It can cause hardening of the arteries by depositing plaque on the walls leading to thickening of the walls and reduced blood flow which in turn may cause heart stroke.
Bad Dental hygiene can affect Brain
People with gingivitis perform poorly in cognitive skills and memory tests than people without the condition. The bacteria causing gum inflammation may enter your brain through the blood stream and cause Alzeihmer’s.
Did you ever know that dental hygiene can affect our health in such an influential way? This makes it even more important to realise the importance of the dreaded dentist’s chair and get regular scaling done.
How to maintain Dental Hygiene?
- Brush your teeth twice a day.
- Brush towards the direction of the growth of the teeth – vertically downwards for the upper set of teeth and vertically upwards for the lower set of teeth. Do not ignore the back side of the teeth. The gum fibres also rest in the same direction. Following the direction would ensure you do not disturb the gum fibres.
- Use mouth wash or salt water to gargle at least once a week or daily if you have any oral infection.
- Use tongue cleaners to ensure no bacteria gets left behind.
- Always use mouth wash after eating or drinking anything to avoid staining and build-up.
- Flossing can be done at least once a day to ensure nothing remains behind between your teeth.
Regular dental checkups would make sure you do not have to avail your health insurance regularly. Better yet, listen to the podcast on oral health and hygiene by Cigna TTK and make sure you and your teeth are safe and happy.