How Does Dental Health Affect Overall Wellness?

You may not think it’s an absolute necessity, but your oral health is just as significant as your overall wellness. Fact is, this is one reason dentists never run out of business. The answer is pretty obvious – their services are not an option for people to ignore or else sooner than later you will be forced to pay the dentist a visit, either from incessant toothache, decay or social embarrassment from mouth odor. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), about 50% of Americans visit their dentists each year and most of them have excellent overall health status.

Benefits of Brushing and Flossing

Woman brushing teeth for dental health picture - Brushing your teeth is the first line of defense against plaque and bacteria build-up. The toothpaste you use helps further eliminate bacteria from your teeth, gums and mouth with the ample amount of fluoride in it. However, the bristles can’t reach under your gums or between your teeth, and after prolonged use the bristles themselves accumulate bacteria.
So the best remedy is to replace your toothbrush every 3 months, and you’ll also need to floss regularly. Flossing will remove any food particles left in between your teeth and under your gums. The ADA actually recommends that you floss first before you brush so that the toothpaste can reach all corners and crevices in your mouth to thoroughly clean it. 
On their own, a toothbrush and floss can only do so much, but combined they can be a very powerful tool to ensure your oral health is 99% plaque and bacteria free.

Good Dental Health Prevents Other Diseases

Did you know that you could get a serious heart disease from the bacteria in your mouth? Yes, it is easy to imagine that got your attention. Research shows that some heart disease and respiratory illness are attributed to the bacteria that flourish in an unhealthy mouth. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) only recently discovered this back in 2003, and immediately called for public health initiatives across North America and Europe to address these potentially life-threatening systemic diseases. 
UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) have picked up on the initiative from CDC and started a similar campaign of their own in order to educate the world about this health issue.
Endocarditis is among the cardiovascular diseases that were identified as a direct result from gum diseases. Endocarditis is an infection of the heart's inner lining, chambers or valves and while it predominantly inflicts people with pre-existing heart conditions, it can also infect a healthy person with poor dental health. As you can see the repercussions of not having good oral hygiene is not very easy on anyone. So you will have less health problems if you keep your dental health in check regularly.