Observing good oral hygiene is vital to a healthy lifestyle. According to Dr. Tim Brooks, your Oklahoma City dentist, patients who do not observe a good oral health regime are susceptible to diseases like periodontitis, or gum disease.
Insufficient brushing and flossing lead to plaque build-up, thus causing oral diseases such as gum inflammation and bleeding, cavities, bad breath, tooth erosion, and so on. According to a recent study by the University of Helinski in Sweden, the pathogens that cause periodontitis can potentially find their way to different parts of the body including the throat and the digestive system. The disease-causing pathogens could also permeate the tissues they are in contact with and get into the bloodstream, hence traveling to various parts of the body. The study showed that there was a link between periodontitis and the development of oral cancer and pancreatic cancers in the population, which are theorized to be due to those traveling pathogens.
Regular dental check-ups not only improve your dental and overall well-being but also helps prevent cancers that could be as a result of poor oral health. During your appointment, the Oklahoma City dental team will evaluate your oral health condition and recommend the best oral hygiene regimen. Make sure to come visit us soon for your twice yearly checkups, or if you have any questions or concerns about your oral health.