Effects of Poor Oral Hygiene to your Body

Infographic proof of the Ill Effects of Poor Oral Hygiene

You’ve likely been told since you were a young child that brushing your teeth three times a day is extremely important. Many don’t realize just how vital it is to your overall health, not just that of your mouth.

Check out this infographic about Effects of Poor Oral Hygiene to your Body.

Bad Breath

If brushing and flossing isn’t part of your daily routine than you could have food from previous meals hiding is places you can’t see. After time these particles will often start to emit chemicals that produce a foul odor.

Gum Disease

Also known as Gingivitis, poor oral hygiene can lead to Gum Disease. This serious oral condition causes bone deterioration that leads to painful, red, swollen gums that bleed easily, and eventually results in tooth loss if not reversed early.


Almost 30 million people in the United States have diabetes and it over the last 10 years we’ve become more aware of it’s staggering growth as a health epidemic. What many don’t realize is that gum disease and diabetes are heavily linked, with 95% of those who suffer from gum disease also suffering from diabetes.

Heart Disease

Another staggering statistic is that people who suffer from gum disease are twice as prone to develop heart diseases. This comes from the bacteria and plaque from the mouth entering the blood stream, causing coronary complications.

This same bacteria can clog the Carotid Artery, increasing your risk of stroke.

Erectile Dysfunction

Another nasty byproduct of the periodontal bacteria build up in your mouth can be a limited blood flow to the male genitalia. Men suffering from gum disease are 7x more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.

Respiratory Problems

Bacteria from your mouth floating through the blood stream has another side effect. It has been known to aggravate pre-existing respiratory problems.

If caught early, gum disease can be reversed and many of these side effects curbed before becoming significant problems. Along with a good daily brushing and flossing routine a regular dental check is key to preventing gum diseases, so schedule your checkup today!

Author Dr. Jonathan McNeil

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