Brushing your teeth is something that is ingrained into people from a very young age. We’re always told how important brushing your teeth is, but for whatever reason there are many people who just don’t seem to take the message to heart and believe that it’s alright to not brush their teeth for extended periods of time. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Put simply, if you don’t regularly brush your teeth not only are you jeopardizing the health of your mouth, but you are making your body more susceptible to other potential issues. Here are a few of the issues that can occur if you decide not to brush your teeth.
“Cognitive problems. You will set up your brain for an extended ability to function when you’re older by taking care of your mouth health today. Studies show that gum diseases caused by poor oral hygiene increase the risk of Alzheimer’s and other cognitive issues later in life.
Osteoporosis. Keeping your teeth and tongue healthy helps keep your skeleton stronger. Well, the part of it that’s in your mouth, at least. According to the National Institutes of Health, too much bacteria between your cheeks can decay the connective tissues that hold your teeth in place, plus weaken the body’s immune system if constantly swallowed. Bone loss (aka osteoporosis) that accompanies old age or other health issues has also been linked to poor oral health.
Diabetes. Going a day without brushing your teeth won’t court a full-blown disease. But dry mouth and high levels of bacteria can exacerbate already present conditions, like diabetes. If you’re at risk, consider keeping some floss and sugar-free gum in your purse to clear any lingering mouth molecules that contribute to problems with regulating blood sugar.”
The moral of the story is to make sure you regularly brush your teeth (at least once daily) and visit your Ottawa dental professional to ensure you have the best dental health possible.