Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Dangers of Not Brushing Your Teeth

People regularly take care of their face using many things but they hardly care for their dental care regime. Brushing teeth is among the most essential part of dental care regime. Most dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice a day but it is difficult for many people to do so. They brush their teeth only in morning to get rid of smell in the mouth. They are unaware of the need of brushing teeth and maintaining oral hygiene. If teeth are not brushed properly twice a day then your teeth lay host to cavities as well as gums becomes red and ultimately lead to a more serious infection. Read on to know the dangers of not brushing your teeth.

If you don’t brush your teeth twice a day then gum disease can develop in short time. 80% Britons are affected by gum disease at some point in their life. Previously, a study found that women suffering from gum disease took 2 months more to conceive compared to women without gum disease. Periodontal disease/gum disease takes place while plaque sticks to the teeth and irritates the gums causing inflammation. Gum disease’s early stage is gingivitis which is inflammation and bleeding of gums. If gum disease is not treated then it can cause tooth loss or heart problems. Diabetics, smokers and pregnant women are at higher risk of developing gum disease.

Effects of Not Brushing Your Teeth:


Gum disease raises the risk of developing type II diabetes. Gum disease makes more difficult to control blood sugar in the people with diabetes. Researchers of Edinburgh University concluded from 7 earlier studies that complications of diabetes can be decreased by curing gum disease and decreasing the inflammation around the teeth. Inflammation in the mouth causes chemical changes which make insulin less effective than normal. So if you treat gum disease, then the level of blood sugar become normal and prevent the risk of long-term complications.


As per study, people suffering from gum disease are 8 times higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in the joints. The symptoms can be improved by treating gum disease. The theory is that the bacteria from the gums produce proteins that prompt a reaction from the immune system which causes arthritis. According to a study published in 2009, the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can be decreased by removing tartar and plaque.

Heart Disease

The risk of developing coronary heart disease is double if you are suffering from gum disease. As per Scottish study, people who don’t brush their teeth 2 times a day had 70% high risk of developing heart disease. It was assumed that bacteria leaked into the blood stream can cause inflammation when the gums became inflamed and damage in the blood vessels causing heart disease. This theory has been not proved yet. Bacteria directly lead to infection in the heart valves. To decrease the risk of infection, a patient must treat gum disease before having surgery to their valves.

Erectile Dysfunction

Poor gum health cause erectile dysfunction. Heart disease and diabetes also cause erectile dysfunction. As per recent study, over 4 out of 5 men with severe erectile dysfunction had gum disease. The erectile problem becomes worsen as the gum disease becomes worse. According to other research, gum disease slow down the nitric oxide (a chemical) production. Nitric oxide calms down the blood vessels and raises the flow of blood to the penis. Researchers think nitric oxide level is reduced due to the inflammation produced by gum disease.

Delayed Conception

As per Australian researchers, poor dental hygiene delays the conception by 2 months. Infected gums cause inflammation which triggers the immune system and inflame the lining of the womb; as a result gum disease affects conception. Gum disease also enhances the risk of premature birth and miscarriage. According to another study, 23% women with gum disease gave birth before 35 weeks pregnancy.


Poor gum health increase the risk of dementia by 30% to 40%. The theory is that if the gum disease is not treated then the inflammatory process in the brain starts which causes the production of amyloid plaque. Amyloid plaque is a type of protein which attacks the brain cells. According to the researchers from the University of Columbia, people with gum disease and loose teeth are at higher risk to struggle with memory exercises.


The bond between respiratory infections and gum disease was founded by a study. The study involved 100 people with and without respiratory disease history. The researchers looked at their dental health and found that the people with respiratory diseases history had worse gum health compared to other people. As per researchers, bacteria which assemble in the pockets around the teeth base expand to the lungs in inhaled droplets, leading to infections or making the existing lung conditions poorer.

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