What if I Don’t Take Care of My Teeth?

You may feel that your teeth are strong and ever-perfect, but it’s really the fact that you’re taking care of your teeth that is keeping them looking so good! Brushing and flossing may actually be helping your overall health, too. Keep reading to learn more about how your dental health can keep your overall health intact, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Cardiovascular Disease

Our bodies are made up of interconnected parts that can influence and affect each other. After all, how would you get the nutrients from food if our bodies weren’t connected? Therefore, it’s important to think about each system affects another.

The bacteria that comes from gum inflammation and disease may travel from your mouth to other parts of your body. Sometimes, this bacteria can be carried through the blood and harden of the arteries in your heart. This can increase your risk of heart attack or stroke.


The bacteria that comes as a result of gingivitis can move through nerve channels, as well. The bacteria can reach the brain through nerves or the bloodstream, where it can impact the development of Alzheimer’s disease in patients.

Respiratory Infections

Some studies research the connection between gum disease and lung infections, such as pneumonia. By breathing in the bacteria that is sitting on your teeth, your lungs may be affected.

Diabetic Issues

Inflammation of the gum tissue and periodontal disease can make it harder to control your blood sugar, which can then lead to serious issues. Consider this: if you have diabetes, you are statistically more likely to get periodontal disease.

Dental Concerns

If you don’t take care of your teeth, there will be repercussions in the health of your teeth. You may find that you have more cavities, more instances of gum disease, or may even require root canals to repair damaged teeth. By not taking care of your teeth, you can be setting yourself up for damage and pain.

Take care of your teeth and keep your overall health intact. If you’re due for a dental visit or a cleaning, give us a call today at (239) 597-7333 to schedule your appointment.

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