The time has come for people to understand how crucial dental hygiene is for our health. It does not only affect the mouth, as others would believe, but creates a chain reaction that impacts vital systems of the body.
Something as seemingly innocuous as not brushing for a fortnight, for instance, can lead to bacteria growth, which can eventually lead to heart disease and diabetes. While that seems a bit far-fetched, there is a perfectly good medical explanation as to how one causes the other.
While going without brushing for a night is not as damaging, carrying on like this for two weeks can form a massive bacteria build-up on your teeth and gums. As a consequence, you may experience a mild gum disease. This causes your gums to become swollen, red and tender. Once that happens, your immune system has been compromised.
So how does this happen? The immune system usually weakens when the soldiers, the white blood cells, are not performing well. An infection in the gums causes your white blood cells to work ineffectively in attacking the detected invader.
This is because your entire body is undergoing a system infection, or as we call it in medical terms, inflammation. Refusal to receive treatment or practice proper oral hygiene will exacerbate the gum disease, making it long-term.
This is very bad news for your body. Responding to temporary infection is a healthy reaction, but frequently subjecting it to chronic inflammation can set off our immune system into a harmful overdrive that in turn, affects different organs and the circulatory system.
Leaving your gum disease to develop sets you up for a lifetime of irreversible damage. Frequently, chronic inflammation is associated with diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, stroke, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and even cancer. With religious brushing, you can reduce risk of chronic inflammation, and hence the incidence of these deadly illnesses.