Why is Oral Hygiene So Important?

Jul 28, 2017

When most of our D’Iberville dental patients think of good oral hygiene, they think of white, straight teeth. But, did you know optimal oral health goes far beyond a pretty smile? Recent research has linked oral health to the health of the rest of your body. Making sure you schedule routine oral examinations and dental hygiene visits at Back Bay Family Dentistry can help maintain your oral health, and give your dentist an idea about how the rest of your body is functioning.

Poor Oral Hygiene Symptoms

Yellow teeth and bad breath aren’t the only signs you may be neglecting your oral hygiene and health. There are various ways your body may try to tell you that you need to spend some more time on dental care. Some of the most common symptoms to look for may include:

  • Bleeding Gums
  • Swollen Gums
  • Irritated/Red Gums
  • Receding Gums
  • Gum Sensitivity
  • Bad Taste in Mouth
  • Teeth Appear Loose
  • Tooth Pain
  • Cavities/Decay

Link Between Oral Hygiene & Health

Recent research has shown that there is a direct correlation between oral hygiene and a patient’s overall health. Poor dental hygiene and gum disease may directly increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and even diabetic complications. Women that have poor dental health may be more susceptible to pre-term birth and giving birth to low-weight babies. Certain systemic diseases may exhibit oral symptoms as well; these symptoms may include ulcers, mouth sores, swollen gums and even dry mouth. Some examples of systemic diseases with oral symptoms include:

  • HIV/AIDs
  • Leukemia
  • Heart Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Certain Forms of Cancer

Want to make sure your oral health is the best it can be? Contact Back Bay Family Dentistry in D’Iberville today! We can schedule an appointment for an oral examination and dental hygiene visit.