How Dental Hygiene Affects Your Overall Health

Your dental hygiene routines have a direct relationship with your overall health.

Having a poor oral hygiene regime not only results in bad breath and dental pain, but it can also lead to more serious conditions such as cancer of the mouth, strokes, heart disease, and more.

An American Dental Association spokesperson remarked that it’s impossible for a person to be healthy with an unhealthy mouth.

The following things can directly impact the state of your oral health:

  • Drinking too many sugary drinks causes gum disease and dental decay

  • Smoking can cause chronic dental decay, periodontitis, and oral cancer amongst other things

  • Alcohol can cause dry dental and periodontal surfaces (xerostomia) which is perfect for bacteria to run wild causing tooth decay and gum disease

It’s imperitive to brush, floss and rinse – preferably more than once per day – and visit your dentist for regular checkups.