It’s easy to forget that your mouth’s health reflects your overall well-being. Many people think that the mouth is separate from the body and that the mouth doesn’t affect the body. However, many times a disease lurking in our bodies can be found through problems with oral health. So what happens if you don’t get proper teeth cleaning?
Brushing and flossing are essential techniques for fighting gum disease. If you don’t brush or floss diligently enough, you can develop gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. These gum diseases are caused by food debris that isn’t fully removed from between the teeth or from the gums, allowing germs and other bacteria to multiply. Plaque and tartar are the byproducts of germs in your teeth flourishing. Without regular teeth cleaning, you might not be able to get rid of all the plaque and tartar festering in your mouth. Some recognizable symptoms of gum disease include bleeding gums, swollen or inflamed gums, and gums that have begun to detach from nearby teeth.
Plaque and tartar don’t only ruin your gums. They can also wreck your teeth. Preventing oral cavities starts with proper teeth cleaning. Left untreated, the growth of oral cavities can lead to rampant tooth decay. Decaying teeth lead to infections deep inside the roots of your teeth. These infections are known as abscesses, and abscesses require painful procedures such as teeth extraction and root canals to remedy – at this point, simple teeth cleaning won’t be enough.
Loss of Teeth
Since gums serve as anchors for our teeth, gum disease can eventually lead to tooth loss. Once teeth become too loose, they either need to be removed, or they will fall out on their own. When your teeth fall out, it will affect the rest of your mouth, and your entire body as well.
The effects of gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss might not be immediately noticeable right away. But once you do notice problems, you might think diseases affecting other parts of the body don’t have anything to do with the health of your mouth. Recent research studies have indicated connections between gum disease and conditions such as heart problems, strokes, arthritis, and pregnancy complications such as early labor and low birth weight for babies. Stronger evidence has yet to prove these connections. Either way, ensuring your mouth’s health through proper teeth cleaning should be one of your top priorities.
TEETH CLEANING AND MORE FROM ANNAPOLIS DENTAL CARE
Whether you need a regular check-up or a tooth extracted, Annapolis Dental Care has the expertise and compassion to work with you on improving your oral health. Your comfort and health are our top priorities, so we go above and beyond to make our patients happy and to provide the highest quality care. To set up an appointment today, please give us a call at 410-571-5014 or visit us online. For more oral health tips for you and your family follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube!