Oral Health

Dangers of Poor Oral Health

Many citizens of developing countries do not own a toothbrush of their own. As a result, family members must share a single toothbrush, brush their teeth with twigs, or simply use their fingers. This is not only unsanitary but can also be a way in which infectious diseases are spread among individuals. When one person with an infectious or contagious illness lacks their own toothbrush, those who share a toothbrush with them are increasingly susceptible to contracting that same illness. A toothbrush can go a long way to support the overall health of these individuals.

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While everyone wishes for good teeth and a beautiful smile, the need for oral health is strongly linked to good health as well. Consider the following:

  • Poor oral hygiene leads to gum disease and tooth loss.
  • Gum disease is believed to have links to lung cancer and heart disease.
  • Poor oral health can effect the brain, with infections that kill brain cells and lead to memory loss.
  • Disease can result from gingivitis when bacteria spreads to the nerves and bloodstream.
  • Infections in the body, caused by gum disease, can contribute to kidney disease.
  • National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society reports that people with gum disease are four times more likely to have Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • Bacteria from inflammation of the gums can enter the bloodstream and cause hardening of the arteries. This can lead to stroke or death.