The importance of maintaining a healthy mouth cannot be overstated, especially as it applies to the health of the rest of the body. Many people think that the condition of the teeth and mouth can be overlooked because they seem like small parts of the body. However, here are three compelling reasons why oral hygiene is an essential component of your oral health.
Your Mouth Is One Gateway Into Your Body
Your body usually gets nutrition through your mouth, and many other elements have the ability to pass through there as well. When you let problems such as plaque and cavities plague your teeth, you ingest a certain amount of bacteria every time you swallow. A regular brushing and flossing routine is an easy way to clean much of this up and keep the germs from spreading to more susceptible parts of your body.
Research Ties Oral Health to Specific Diseases
There has been thorough research conducted linking poor oral health to systemic diseases. While you are not guaranteed to develop any of these diseases just because you do not brush your teeth or see your dentist, the risk of development dramatically increases. Health problems associated with poor oral health include:
- Low Birth Weight
- Heart Disease
- Bacterial Pneumonia
- Pancreatic, Kidney, and Blood Cancers
Oral Health Is Important Before You Are Even Born
A crusade has begun to educate expectant mothers on the importance of oral health during gestation. Research has shown that a mother’s oral health directly affects that of her baby. Certain habits, such as drinking alcohol while pregnant, can also have a negative effect on the dental development of a fetus. Expecting mothers who take great care of their teeth can lower the risks of certain problems developing in their babies later.
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If you are ready to explore ways to rejuvenate your smile, or you just need a cleaning and x-rays, call today for a free consultation or to schedule an appointment. Dr. Kevin Hogan graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and has over 40 years of experience. He completed continuing education at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, a world-renowned comprehensive and aesthetic dentistry center. He has also finished extensive coursework with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and lectured at both North Carolina and Emory University.
He is known for his artistic skill, professionalism, and ability to find the right solution for an array of dental challenges. Dr. Kevin Hogan is a cosmetic and restorative dentist serving patients in Mt. Pleasant South Carolina and the greater Charleston, SC areas.