Why Good Oral Hygiene is Critical

Think it’s Ok to skip brushing and flossing your teeth? Think it won’t hurt if you skip seeing the dentist for a couple of years (or more)?

If you do, you’re putting not only your teeth at risk but your overall health at risk!

Read below for why good oral hygiene is critical to your good health.

Your mouth is never really empty: it literally teems with bacteria, both the good and bad kind. Left to their own devices (as in, you never brush your teeth, floss or swoosh your mouth with mouthwash), the bacteria can grow to such numbers that tooth decay and even gum disease will result.

Left on its own to fester, gum disease can become a serious form called periodontitis. Periodontitis can lead to heart disease. And what can heart disease lead to? Heart attack!

What are some other problems that poor oral hygiene can lead to? According to the Mayo Clinic they could include:

  • Endocarditis, an infection of your heart’s inner lining (the endocardium), can occur when bacteria or germs from your mouth (or another part of your body), travel through your bloodstream and attach to areas in your heart that are damaged.
  • Periodontitis in pregnant women is linked to low birth weight and even premature birth.
  • People with diabetes should pay special attention to their oral care because gum disease is more common – and severe – in diabetic patients. What’s more, the gum disease then acts as something of a feedback loop: people with gum disease tend to have a harder time controlling blood sugar levels.
  • Losing your teeth before age 35 could mean you have a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. Osteoporosis also could be linked to bone and/or tooth loss.
  • Some eating disorders have been linked to poor oral health
  • Sjogren’s syndrome, a disorder of the immune system, causes dry mouth.


To keep your mouth – and your health – in good shape, brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. Watch the snacking on sugary foods. Replace your toothbrush every three months or so (you want the bristles to stay firm and unfrayed).

And visit your Plano dentist at least every six months for regular oral checkups.

Aside from bad breath, aside from worn teeth, aside from NO teeth, good oral health – and the hygiene habits that help keep it – is absolutely critical to helping you maintain good health overall.

Contact Dr. Dickson’s office by phone or e-mail the office at [email protected] for an appointment.

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