How Poor Dental Hygiene could be making you Sick more Often

poor dental hygiene can make you sick

poor dental hygiene can make you sickServing patients of Erwin, Jonesborough, and Greeneville TN

You’ve probably heard people say there are both good and bad types of bacteria. Optimum health hinges on maintaining a balance between helpful and harmful bacteria. How can you tell the good from the bad? Your Greeneville family dentists at Tusculum Dental Care want to make sure you understand the dangers of a bacterial imbalance. Read on to learn more about how an accumulation of negative oral bacteria can harm your oral health and your body.

Health Issues From Bacteria

Even if you brush your teeth daily, and floss regularly, you still might have a surplus of dangerous bacteria lurking in your mouth. Dozens of medical studies completed across the globe show distinctive markers between poor oral health and a slew of serious illnesses.

  • Periodontal disease: threatens your oral health and leads to tooth loss. It starts from a bacterial infection that develops in your gums.
  • Coronary Disease: Bacteria enter your mouth through your bloodstream and, if allowed to linger, it attaches to fatty plaque in your arteries. The blood vessels become clogged with bacteria and inflame, increasing your risk of clotting or a blockage.
  • Respiratory Issues: When bacteria in your mouth infiltrate the bloodstream, you can inhale it directly into your lungs. That can severely increase your risk for a multitude of airway-related ailments, including upper respiratory infections, COPD, and pneumonia.
  • Diabetes: Scientists recently discovered that gum disease patients are more likely to get diabetes, and blood sugar is hard to regulate if your gum disease goes untreated. Diabetic patients that receive regular treatment for gum disease maintain blood sugar levels better than those who neglect their oral health.

What You Can Do

You want to avoid getting sick. That means avoiding dysbiosis, the term for an imbalance of the oral microbiome.

Follow these strategies to help you balance your bacteria levels and keep you and your family in better health

  • Balanced diet: Eating a nutritious diet can change the health of your mouth very quickly. Tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease, all like starch and sugar. Limiting starch and sugar intake while eating more fresh produce will greatly increase the number of good bacteria in your mouth, while simultaneously starving out the bad.
  • Floss and Brush: Make sure each member of your family continues to brush their teeth at least twice a day while flossing daily.
  • Don’t Forget to Rinse: Ideally, you should floss and brush after every meal. As an alternative, rinse your mouth with water. This keeps food particles from sticking to your teeth and becoming a fuel source for the bad bacteria in your mouth.
  • Regular Cleanings: Only a professional dental cleaning completely removes all the plaque and tartar from your mouth. Seeing your dentist every six months as recommended by the American Dental Association means that if something does go wrong, we can identify and treat a problem before it has the ability to make you or your family sick.

Preventive Care Dentistry in Greeneville

At Tusculum Dental Care, our team of oral health professionals will help protect your overall wellness. To learn more about our services, schedule a consultation by calling (423) 639-7575. We welcome patients of Erwin, Greeneville, and Jonesborough, Tennessee.