Importance Of Dental Hygiene

By Nicholas Brown

May 19, 2020

Why Is Dental Hygiene Important?

Why is it so important to keep your mouth clean and healthy?  The mouth which is also known as the oral cavity is an organ that is connected to our digestive and respiratory system. The mouth has two main functions which include eating and speaking.

Can you imagine not being able to eat or chew your food properly because you don´t have enough teeth or you have a severe toothache? 

With daily brushing and flossing of the teeth the mouth is kept clean and bacteria is under control.  Negligence of these good oral hygiene practices may result in increased bacterial growth and activity which causes gum disease , tooth decay and loss of teeth.

 Research suggests that as a result of poor oral hygiene, bacteria and the inflammation associated with severe gum disease has been linked to the progression of heart disease, diabetes, respiratory problems, stroke, kidney disease, osteoporosis,premature birth, low birth weight , .

The bodys resistance to infections may be lowered by the presence of diseases like HIV and conditions like diabetes resulting in severe oral health problems.

Harmful  bacteria present in the saliva travels to the digestive tract when you swallow. This can cause an imbalance in your digestive system, and subsequently digestive problems.
















Good dental hygiene translates to good health overall. Dental problems such as cavities or gum disease can impair your ability to eat and speak properly, cause pain, bad breath, loss of teeth and drive your confidence into the dirt.


Additionally, what many people may not realize, is that poor dental hygiene can have a profoundly, negative effect on areas outside of the mouth for example  the heart.  Conditions like diabetes, pregnancy and chronic inflammation such as arthritis .


Studies suggest that the bacteria in gum disease can travel to your heart and cause heart disease, clogged arteries, coronary artery disease and stroke.


Gum infections, such as periodontitis, have been linked to premature births , low-birth weight in pregnant women, respiratory problems, . 


Diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection, making the gums more susceptible to infection, which can adversely affect blood sugar. And painful mouth sores, are common in people who have HIV.


Practicing good dental hygiene is so important, because it can prevent these types of oral disease and dental problems. And prevention should be the primary focus.