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The Surprising Link Between Dental Hygiene and Your Overall Health

Did you know that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Looking after your dental hygiene gives you a better smile. But, that’s only the beginning of its many benefits.

Obviously, as a student, you have a lot on your plate. With just a little extra flossing, you won’t have to worry about poor health on top of everything else. Don’t let feeling sick stand in the way of achieving your dreams!

Keep reading to learn more about the importance of dental hygiene.

Dental Hygiene to Mental Problems

Your mouth connects the outside environment to the inside of your body. It’s an entry point. It provides direct access to your digestive tract and your respiratory tract.

Gum disease causes inflammation in your body and that comes with some serious health problems too.

The medical name for severe gum disease is periodontitis, and, periodontal disease is caused by bacteria.

Oral health directly affects your brain. So, if you have gum disease, you may also struggle with basic cognitive functions. In fact, if you don’t do anything about it, periodontitis can disrupt your memory and ability to learn. You might even find it challenging to use simple math skills or memorize easy lists. Not what you want to hear as a student right?

Toothache is not only unpleasant, but it can trigger headaches and migraines. Studies have also found a link between periodontal disease and stroke. Bacteria from untreated gum disease interferes with the blood flow to your brain. This increases your risk of blood clots. When you get a blood clot in your brain you could have cerebral ischemia, better known as a stroke.

Pack Your Toothbrush

So now that we’ve left you sufficiently frightened, we’ll part with one last bit of advice. Don’t forget to pack your toothbrush when you leave for uni! If you don’t have much of a dental hygiene routine already, now is definitely the time to get one.

When it comes to dental hygiene, prevention is really the best approach. Always look after your teeth! You don’t want to end up looking like something out of Zombieland… You know, bleeding gums and a poor mental state isn’t a winning combination.

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