Is Poor Dental Care Making You Sick?

By February 19, 2015Blog


Even if you brush your teeth daily, you may still have dangerous bacteria growing inside your mouth. Not only could that lead to gum disease, studies also find a link between poor oral hygiene and major health issues. Here are some ways that poor dental care can make you sick:

It May Hurt Your Heart
People with gum disease are 2 times more likely to suffer from coronary artery disease. Research is still working on determining the reasons behind this, but one theory states that harmful bacteria from your mouth enters your blood stream and attaches to fatty plaques in your heart’s blood vessels, leading to inflammation and increasing your risk of  heart attacks.

Your Memory May Suffer
Research suggests a link between poor oral health and an increased risk of dementia. One study found that those with the fewest teeth were most likely to suffer dementia. Experts think oral bacteria may spread to the brain through cranial nerves that connect to the jaw or through the bloodstream, and may contribute to the type of plaque that’s been linked to Alzheimer’s.

It Might Impact Your Blood Sugar
People with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease. While this may be because diabetics are more prone to infections, there’s also been research that finds gum disease could make it harder to control your blood sugar, and that treating it helps improve diabetes symptoms.

It Might Make it Harder to Have a Baby
Women with gum disease took an average of just over seven months to become pregnant – two months longer than the average of five months that it took women without gum disease to conceive. Other research found that pregnant women with gum disease have higher chances of miscarriage.

Teeth-Cleaning Tips from the SoCal Dental Care Experts

We discussed this topic with the Dentists at SoCal Dental Care, Dr. Homan Shamoeil, Dr. Sherry Solouki and Dr. Danny Aframian, to help you determine whether you are adequately caring for your teeth:

“Most often, your teeth and gums should not bleed, have pain or feel rough, if you are  brushing well” says Dr. Homan Shamoeil of SoCal Dental Care. “Your breath and mouth should feel clean and fresh for at least a couple of hours”, adds on colleague, Dr. Sherry Solouki.

Dr. Danny Aframian adds a few easy tricks for a healthier mouth. Follow these tips so you never ask yourself, ‘Is Poor Dental Care Making You Sick?’

Rinse Your Mouth
If you use mouthwash twice a day, you’ll slash your risk of gum disease by 60 percent, according to the University of Pennsylvania. Ideally you should aim to rinse for about 30 seconds with a mouthwash that has microbial protection to fight plaque and gingivitis, such as Listerine®.

Floss First
You should floss before you brush your teeth, rather than after, says Dr. Danny Aframian. “That way you are breaking up any leftover food and easily brushing it away after”.

Get the Right Toothbrush
Soft or extra soft bristles are best. The use of hard or medium toothbrushes scratch tissue away and expose the roots.

Brush Smart
To really clean your teeth, aim to brush them for a full two minutes. “Make sure you brush both your tongue and cheeks as well to fully remove harmful bacteria in the crevices,” add Dr. Homan Shamoeil. And be sure to replace your toothbrush about every three months.

For more Tips and Tricks and to set up your next appointment at SoCal Dental Care North Hollywood Dentist, please call 818.821.8308