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The Consequences of Not Taking Care of Your Oral Health

HomeWellnessThe Consequences of Not Taking Care of Your Oral Health

When you think about things you should do to stay healthy, what comes to mind? For many, the top of the list includes things like eating a healthy, balanced diet, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep. Is taking care of your oral health on your list? If not, it should be. Some significant consequences come from not taking good care of your oral health.

Tooth Infections

A tooth infection, also called a dental abscess, is a collection of pus that forms in the tooth due to bacteria growth. This happens when food particles get stuck and are not removed through proper oral hygiene practices. 

While this is commonly associated with cavities, you don’t have to have a cavity to have a tooth infection. Abscesses can form in the gum or surrounding bone. Use proper brushing techniques to thoroughly clean your teeth to avoid developing a tooth infection.

Increased Risk of Gum Disease

Your oral hygiene practices also impact the health of your gums. If you don’t take good care of your oral health, your risk of developing gum disease increases. Gum disease can cause your gums to appear red and puffy. 

They can also be more prone to bleeding and may recede. Treating gum disease often requires a scaling and root planing treatment, a more in-depth process than the normal cleaning you’d get at a dentist appointment. Save yourself time, trouble, and money by diligently practicing good oral hygiene.

Tooth Decay

Perhaps the most commonly known consequence of failing to take good care of your teeth is developing tooth decay. Thorough brushing and flossing remove food particles from your teeth, depriving mouth bacteria of food and preventing plaque formation. This is important because plaque development exposes your teeth to enamel-eroding acid. Once the enamel is sufficiently compromised, the erosion continues to the rest of the tooth, resulting in a cavity. This leads to unsightly teeth, bad breath, and eventual tooth loss. If the decay progresses unchecked, it could impact your jawbone. Avoid all of that trouble by taking good care of your oral health.

Digestion begins in your mouth. Failing to take good care of your mouth can lead to all sorts of problems that could negatively affect other aspects of your life. Dedicate yourself to consistently brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. See your dentist for biannual visits. That will provide you with a good foundation for a healthy mouth and healthy teeth.
Did you enjoy reading this article? Here’s more to read: Teeth Issues You Should Deal With While You’re Young

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