Most everyone wants sparkling white teeth – it looks and feels good. As impressive as a set of gleaming chicklets is, proper oral health is important for other reasons.
Taking proper care of your mouth, including the teeth and gums, should be considered a health priority, as good oral hygiene can help prevent bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay. Good oral hygiene also helps to protect your teeth in your later years.
Research studies have linked poor oral health to some serious diseases. Here are three noteworthy discoveries:
– In 2010, researchers from New York University discovered a link between gum inflammation and Alzheimer’s disease.
– A research team at Harvard University found strong evidence for a link between gum disease and pancreatic cancer.
– A well-established correlation exists between dental hygiene and heart disease.
How plaque forms
Bacteria in your mouth mixes with food byproducts and proteins to form plaque – this stuff coats your teeth, grows below the gum line, and sticks to fillings and other dental work.
When plaque hardens, it becomes tartar – and this can lead to serious problems, including gum disease and inflammation (along with the abovementioned medical conditions.) Inflammation of the gums is a condition called gingivitis; the mild form of which is easily treatable.
Tartar almost always surfaces due to lack of oral hygiene over an extended period. The formation of plaque and tartar should motivate someone to begin caring for their teeth.
WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT?
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