The primary and simpler answer to this could be to maintain your overall health. But to understand why it is vital, let us dig deeper and know why paying a visit to your dentist matters. We take our oral hygiene for granted so that most of us end up brushing our teeth only once in 24 hours.
That makes us think we have taken enough care. Have you noticed those stains that our favorite drink leaves on our teeth? Yeah, don’t mistake it as a sign of love; even though removing teeth stains is easy, it indicates your poor dental hygiene.
Dental health is vital to maintain the health of teeth, gum, and mouth collectively. If not taken care of properly, the problems get translated to other organs and body parts. Our oral cavity is home to several species of bacteria, Streptococcus, Neisseria, Fusobacteria, Actinomyces, etc. and are quite beneficial for us. The nutrients, secretions, and epithelial debris in our mouth are favorable to their growth.
They prevent diseases. But when their accumulation increases, it causes inflammation, and it is an invitation to infections. Not just the oral cavity, infections spread to other parts as well when there is tissue damage in our mouth.
The majorly affected organs are the heart, lungs. When there is tissue damage in our mouth, Streptococcus can spread throughout the body via the bloodstream.
It results in inflammation and the accumulation of plaque/ fatty deposits like cholesterol in the arteries. They get hardened. This condition develops atherosclerosis. It is a cardiovascular disease that leads to heart stroke and heart attack.
In another case, when such bacteria gather in the inner lining of the heart chamber, it causes endocarditis. Poor dental health can result in bronchitis and pneumonia and related respiratory diseases.
It deteriorates speech and eating habits when somebody has issues like loose teeth, bleeding gums; they tend to avoid food, take fewer dietary supplements because of pain while chewing, etc. It seems to be an ordinary course of action but is severely unhealthy. It causes malnutrition.
It adversely impacts diabetic patients when there is a reduction in resistance against infections; their gums are at the most risk. In periodontitis, an inflammatory disease, tissue supporting teeth gets infected. It elevates sugar levels in the body that makes it difficult to control your blood sugar.
Periodontitis also impacts pregnancy and poses birth complications like premature birth and low birth weight.
There are many more diseases and infections caused by inadequate oral hygiene. We might ignore tooth decay and gum bleeding, but they do pose a health risk. In tragic cases, people have lost lives due to poor dental health that developed into severely infectious diseases.
You must take care of your teeth, gum, and mouth and, when necessary, visit your dentist for proper diagnosis. Good health is one of the secrets to a happy life. When you are well from within, you can live your life to the fullest. Your health should be on the top of your priority list.