Good oral hygiene goes beyond a nice smile. Today marks the World Oral Health Day (WOHD) and each year promotes a specific topic to raise public awareness of its importance through a global campaign. This year’s focus is on raising awareness of the link between good oral health and overall well-being, with the slogan:
"It all starts here. Healthy Smile. Healthy Body. "
Here are 5 ways Poor Oral Hygiene can affect your overall Health:
1. Invasive bacteria associated with periodontal (gum) problems may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
2. Pregnant women have many hormonal changes that may induce periodontal disease, making them more likely to have premature birth, smaller babies with low birth weight .
3. Diabetics with poor oral hygiene are more likely to be susceptible to infectious diseases.
4. Mouth breathers may have a higher risk of dental caries due to a more acidic oral environment.
5. Alcohol, smoking and poor oral hygiene are predisposing factors in the development of oral cancer.
For more information on this campaign visit: www.worldoralhealthday.org
Dra. Gina De Los Santos