You know the common results of neglecting to follow a healthy oral care regimen – bad breath, potential cavities and irritated gums are problems that are likely to surface. Unfortunately, however, there are even greater risks. Many people don’t realize just how important it is to take care of your mouth, as it’s the door to the rest of the body. Without a proper oral care routine, your immune system is put in jeopardy, which may lead to a number of chronic conditions in the future.
To open your eyes even wider, here are a few of the serious consequences that may develop if you don’t take care of your teeth:
According to the Cleveland Clinic, certain studies have found that harmful bacteria in the mouth that lead to the development of periodontal disease can also move into the bloodstream. This bacteria then cause a spike in C-reactive protein, which can inflame blood vessels and increase one’s risk for experiencing a stroke or developing heart disease.
Did you know that bad oral health can lead to complications during pregnancy? According to research conducted by the Society for General Microbiology, bad bacteria found in the mother’s mouth can move into the bloodstream and transmit to the amniotic fluid of the unborn child. This can lead to premature delivery, premature contraction, an infection to the baby or low birth weight for the baby.
Pregnancy complications may occur without taking proper care of your oral cavity.
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