Neglecting your oral health can have serious consequences. From gingivitis to periodontitis, poor dental hygiene can lead to a range of health issues, including respiratory problems, misaligned teeth, and even diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. To avoid these risks, it's important to brush and floss your teeth regularly and visit the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease and is caused by a buildup of plaque that turns into tartar and irritates the gums.
Symptoms include red, swollen gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing. If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease that can destroy the tissues and bones that support the teeth. This can lead to tooth loss or loosening of the teeth. Poor oral hygiene can also have an impact on your respiratory system.
The bacteria that cause gum disease can travel through the bloodstream to the lungs, increasing your risk of developing pneumonia and other respiratory conditions. Humid, warm, and dark conditions in the mouth create an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Recent studies have found links between poor oral care and poor health, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. If you have misaligned teeth or overcrowded teeth, simple brushing may not be enough to clean the plaque.
This can cause plaque buildup in nooks and crannies that can't be accessed with a toothbrush or dental hygienist's tools. To reduce the risk of serious illnesses, it's important to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily. Additionally, regular visits to the dentist are essential for maintaining good oral health. At Evanson Dental Clinic in Singapore, we provide expert dental care for the entire family and are committed to each individual's dental needs.