We often hear and read about the importance of the oral health. Dentists put a lot of stress on following the dental hygiene habits to keep the teeth healthy and strong. But most people often ignore the warnings of the dentists and do not take proper care of their teeth. And as a result, a layer of sticky plaque forms on the teeth, which leads to many dental problems.
Let us see how plaque and gingivitis can negatively affect your health. Extensive research is still being carried out in the field of oral health. Researches indicate that there is a strong connection between poor oral health and some other major health problems.
In the absence of proper dental and oral care, plaque (a type of biofilm) develops on the teeth. This sticky plaque attacks the teeth, crowns and the gum tissues. Gradually, the enamel of your teeth is broken down because the acids remain in contact with your mouth for longer duration due to the extremely sticky plaque. This leads to tooth decay.
When buildup of plaque occurs, it first gives rise to a dental problem called gingivitis. In this condition, the gums become tender and swollen. At times, bleeding of gums may also occur. If you still don’t care for your teeth and do not take appropriate treatment to correct this dental problem then it may lead to severe gum disease known as periodontal disease.
Researches reveal that there is a close link between periodontal disease and several other health problems such as diabetes, dementia, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and premature birth. Experts consider the fact that the oral bacteria may enter the bloodstream and cause great damage to the major organs leading to the diseases mentioned here.
Periodontal disease is characterized by inflammation. This condition may enhance inflammation all over the body, which may eventually lead to rheumatoid arthritis as well as heart disease. There is lack of any evidence to prove that one condition leads to another condition. Yet in a study, it was found that people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis witnessed decrease in their inflammation, pain and morning stiffness after getting treatment for their periodontal disease.
It is wise to be aware of the dangers of plaque and Gingivitis to your health and start a proper dental care habits to protect your teeth from developing any dental problem.