5. It Could Affect Your Heart
Although the ADA recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, a study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that individuals who brushed their teeth at least three times a day were less likely to experience heart problems like atrial fibrillation and heart failure. An overgrowth of bad bacteria in the mouth can cause inflammation, which can trigger inflammation throughout the body — including the heart.
4. It Harms Your Body’s Cardiovascular System
The American Heart Association (AHA) follows the ADA’s recommendation of brushing teeth at least twice a day. But the AHA recommends regular tooth brushing for different reasons that the ADA. The AHA believes that research into oral health shows that toothbrushing affects the arteries of the heart and the body’s cardiovascular system. Failure to brush your teeth twice a day doesn’t just affect your oral health and your heart, it can impact your arteries. When you don’t brush your teeth, harmful bacteria grows and accumulates in the mouth. The bacteria may travel into the bloodstream, and cause inflammation. This inflammation can block arteries, leading clots and blockages throughout the body and the heart.
3. It Could Lead to Dementia
Research published in Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports has identified a potential link between oral diseases such as periodontitis and dementia. The accumulation of bacteria and plaque caused by poor oral hygiene can cause inflammation, which can travel to the brain. Brain inflammation, originating from the mouth, might be to blame for some dementias.