The Surprising Dangers Of Bad Oral Hygiene

August 30, 2017  |  
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Most people don’t see their teeth the way they see the rest of their body. Since your teeth don’t really feel things the way your skin and other organs do, it’s easy to forget that they have a lot going on. Beneath those pearly whites (or brown or yellow stubs, depending on how well you take care of your teeth) there is a lot happening. Keeping your teeth in good condition isn’t just about looking good. Sure, your smile is one of the first things people notice about you but they’re seeing a lot more than straight or crooked, white or yellow teeth: they’re getting a peek into how well you look after yourself. Considering that our mouth is a major opening to the rest of our body, and one that we open a lot between meals and conversation, it’s amazing we don’t pay it more attention. Here are the surprising health risks of poor dental hygiene.

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Heart disease

Several studies have found a strong link between poor oral hygiene and heart disease and heart attacks. In fact, poor dental hygiene is linked to a higher overall mortality rate than heart disease. Researchers are still working to find exactly how poor dental hygiene can lead to problems with one’s heart health, but the fact that there is a link is undeniable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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