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Health Problems Caused by Poor Oral Hygiene

Health Problems Caused by Poor Oral Hygiene

It’s important to keep your teeth and gums healthy. You expect to hear that from your dentist. And yes, we want to help you reduce cavities and prevent gum disease. But did you know? Good oral hygiene is important to your overall health as well. Here are 4 conditions that the Mayo Clinic has linked to poor oral health. 

Heart Disease

While research is still underway to understand the connection, studies have linked poor oral health to cardiovascular disease. The same bacteria that can cause plaque buildup in your mouth it turns out can also affect your heart. 


Endocarditis is an infection in the lining and valves of your heart. It happens when bacteria from other parts of your body get into your bloodstream and to your heart. This can happen from your mouth if you have a buildup of bacteria as it can get into the blood through your gums. 

Note: For people who have certain heart conditions, Endocarditis is a risk in any oral surgery, even if you have good oral hygiene. If you have any heart condition, be sure to let your dentist know. 

Health Problems Caused by Poor Oral Hygiene

Premature Birth & Complications

Periodontitis has been linked to premature births in pregnancy. It has also been linked to other complications. If you’re pregnant or plan to get pregnant, it’s important to see your dentist and ensure your teeth and gums are healthy. You should establish a good oral hygiene routine and make sure that it is one you’ll be able to carry through as your pregnancy progresses and exhaustion kicks in. 


Pneumonia is a serious infection that can have lasting effects on a person’s health. In the case of oral hygiene, bacteria from your mouth can make its way down to the lungs and settle in for a deep infection. 

Prevention Is Key

Good oral health is important to your overall health. To ensure that you have a healthy mouth, remember to, 

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Use fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash to help kill bacteria
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary foods
  • Replace your toothbrush when every 3-4 months or when the bristle begin to wear
  • Keep up with your regular dental visits

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