What is the relationship between oral hygiene and general health? 

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Oral hygiene has become more important in recent years as researchers discovered a link between deteriorating oral health and other diseases.

It has been found that healthy oral health can help maintain general health and prevent other problems.

Inflammation and bacteria inside the mouth are associated with:

1- Endocarditis:

It is an inflammation of the inner lining of the heart chambers and valves and often occurs when bacteria move from some part of the body, such as the mouth, using the bloodstream to reach the heart and cause endocarditis.

2- Complications during pregnancy and childbirth:

It was found that there is a relationship between Periodontitis during pregnancy and being exposed to premature birth or the birth of an underweight premature baby.

3- Cardiovascular diseases:

Although it is difficult to understand the relationship between it and oral hygiene, recent scientific research has found that there is a high risk of heart disease, stroke, and clogged arteries in case of infection and inflammation due to bacteria inside the mouth (poor dental health).

4- Pneumonia:

It was found that bacteria in the mouth can be transmitted to the lungs, causing pneumonia and some other respiratory diseases.

As for diseases affecting oral health:

1- Diabetes:

The negative effects of diabetes extend to the mouth, where a diabetic person has difficulty fighting infections, making him more likely to develop gum disease.

2- HIV/AIDS:

AIDS patients have great difficulty fighting any infection in general, including oral infections.

3- Osteoporosis:

Osteoporosis can cause bone loss within the gums and leads to losing teeth. In addition, some osteoporosis medications can cause minor jaw bone damage.

4- Alzheimer's disease:

Advanced stages of Alzheimer's disease can cause deterioration of the patient's oral health.

5- Appetite disorder or eating disorders:

Appetite disorders can cause oral and dental problems as well.

6- Dry mouth:

A dry mouth and the lack of saliva can cause tooth decay, dental diseases, and mouth sores.

So you should always:

  1. Brush teeth at least twice a day.
  2. Use toothpaste and mouthwash containing fluoride.
  3. Reduce the intake of sugars and foods that can stick to the teeth.
  4. Floss daily.

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