Researchers have found what appears to be a connection between gum disease, heart disease, stroke and even premature births.
With gum disease, the theory suggests that if the gums become inflamed, the infection in the gum is then distributed throughout the body via the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, the infection may have an impact on other inflammatory diseases that occur in the body.
The practice of oral hygiene is important because it prevents the accumulation of dental plaque and helps prevent two of the most common diseases found in the mouth, tooth decay and gum disease.
Dental plaque is a soft whitish deposit that forms on the tooth surface that is formed when bacteria (germs) combines with food and saliva. Plaque contains many types of bacteria and can only be removed by practicing good oral hygiene.
Regular oral hygiene visits to the dentist are vital to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy, and to prevent potentially serious problems.