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The Hidden Dangers of Not Taking Care of Your Teeth

The Hidden Dangers of Not Taking Care of Your Teeth

Did you know that not taking care of your teeth can lead to some pretty serious health problems? Believe it or not, oral health is directly linked to overall health. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you are taking care of your teeth properly! In this blog post, we will discuss the hidden dangers of not taking care of your teeth and offer tips on how to properly care for them.

Obvious Issues

Before getting into the hidden dangers of not taking care of your teeth, let’s look at a few of the more obvious problems that can arise from poor dental care. In some cases, these obvious issues can contribute to the hidden dangers discussed later in this article.

Gum Disease

If you don’t take care of your teeth, you are at risk for gum disease. Gum disease is an infection of the gums that can lead to tooth loss. It is also linked to other serious health problems like heart disease and stroke. That’s why it’s so important to brush and floss regularly and see your dentist for regular checkups.

Tooth Decay

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Tooth decay is another common problem that can arise from not taking care of your teeth. When you don’t brush and floss regularly, plaque builds up on your teeth. This plaque then turns into tartar, which is a hard substance that can only be removed by a dentist. If tartar is not removed, it will continue to eat away at your tooth enamel, causing decay. Tooth decay can lead to pain, sensitivity, and eventually tooth loss.

Bad Breath

Another issue that can arise from poor dental care is bad breath. This is usually caused by bacteria build-up on the teeth and gums. When these bacteria break down food, they release sulfur compounds that cause bad breath. In addition to being embarrassing, bad breath can also be a sign of gum disease.

Self-Esteem

Lastly, not taking care of your teeth can also affect your self-esteem. Both tooth decay and gum disease can take a toll on the appearance of your smile, while bad breath may keep you from wanting to ever open your mouth around others. If you are embarrassed about your teeth, you may not want to smile or laugh as much. This can lead to social isolation and even depression. Taking care of your teeth is important for both your physical and mental health!

Hidden Dangers

Now that we’ve looked at some of the more obvious problems that can arise from not taking care of your teeth, let’s take a look at some of the hidden dangers. These are health problems that you may not associate with your oral health, but are actually linked to poor dental care.

Pneumonia

One of the hidden dangers of not taking care of your teeth is pneumonia. This is because bacteria from your mouth can enter your lungs and cause an infection. Pneumonia is a serious lung infection that can be fatal. That’s why it’s so important to brush and floss regularly and see your dentist for regular checkups.

Diabetes

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Another hidden danger of not taking care of your teeth is diabetes. This is because gum disease can cause inflammation throughout the body. This inflammation can make it difficult for the body to process sugar, which can lead to diabetes. That’s why it’s so important to brush and floss regularly and see your dentist for regular checkups.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Yet another hidden danger of not taking care of your teeth is rheumatoid arthritis. This is because bacteria from your mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that can be debilitating. Bacteria passed through the bloodstream from periodontal disease increases the amount of inflammation in the body, which can increase the risk of developing RA. It can also increase the severity or occurrence of symptoms. That’s why it’s so important to brush and floss regularly and see your dentist for regular checkups

Heart Disease

Lastly, not taking care of your teeth can also lead to heart disease. This is because bacteria from your mouth can enter your bloodstream and cause inflammation in your arteries. This inflammation can lead to a buildup of plaque, which can eventually cause a heart attack. In fact, several sources note that periodontal disease has been found to be related to atherosclerosis, or the clogging of arteries. That’s why it’s so important to brush and floss regularly and see your dentist for regular checkups.

Tips for Properly Caring for Your Teeth

Now that we’ve looked at some of the hidden dangers of not taking care of your teeth, let’s take a look at some tips for properly caring for them.

Brush Twice a Day

You should brush your teeth at least twice a day. This will help remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums.

Floss Every Day

You should also floss your teeth every day. This will help remove plaque and bacteria from between your teeth, where brushing can’t reach.

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See Your Dentist Regularly

You should see your dentist for regular checkups. This will help catch any problems early and prevent them from getting worse.

Use Mouthwash

Mouthwash can also help remove plaque and bacteria from your mouth. Be sure to use a mouthwash that contains fluoride to help prevent tooth decay.

Don’t Smoke

Smoking is bad for your teeth and gums. It can cause tooth decay, gum disease, and even cancer. If you smoke, quitting is the best thing you can do for your oral health.

Watch Your Sugar Intake

Sugar can cause tooth decay. To help prevent this, watch your sugar intake and eat sugary foods in moderation.

Drink Plenty of Water

Water helps wash away plaque and bacteria from your teeth. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

In Conclusion

In this blog, we’ve looked at the importance of oral health and The Hidden Dangers of Not Taking Care of Your Teeth. We’ve also looked at some obvious issues of dental neglect and provided some tips for properly caring for your teeth. If you follow these tips and practice good oral hygiene, you’ll help keep your teeth and gums healthy for years to come. Thanks for reading!

Dr. Irfan Atcha, DDS

Irfan Atcha, DDS, DICOI, DADIA at New Teeth Chicago Dental in Chicago, Illinois is a board-certified general dentist and a nationally recognized expert in dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, and sedation dentistry. Dr. Atcha is now serving patients in Naples, Bonita Springs and SW FL area with All-on-4 implants, teeth-in-a-day, same day dental implants and the complex zygomatic dental implants for the no-jaw bone solution approach. To schedule a consultation please email Dr. Atcha at teethforyou@gmail.com.

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