3 Non-Oral Health Issues Linked to Poor Dental Hygiene

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Most people know that maintaining poor dental hygiene habits can cause a number of oral concerns, including bad breath, tooth decay, and even gum (periodontal) disease. What many people don’t know, however, is that aside from these conditions, failing to regularly brush and floss may eventually lead to other serious, potentially life-threatening issues. These illnesses and their potential links to dental hygiene are highlighted below.

Ultimately, none of this is to say poor dental hygiene habits will definitely cause Alzheimer’s, pancreatic cancer, and/or heart disease. However, these studies certainly present a strong case for a link between one’s oral and overall health, making it all the more important to brush, floss, and receive routine hygiene visits on a regular basis. For most patients, I recommend brushing (for two minutes) and flossing at least twice a day, as well as scheduling a professional teeth cleaning and oral exam twice a year.

Todd Mabry, DDS

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