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There are obvious reasons to maintain proper dental hygiene such as keeping your breath its freshest and your teeth their brightest. However, fresh breath and white teeth are far from the most important reasons to maintain optimal oral health. In fact, many of the reasons dental hygiene is so important have nothing to do with your teeth at all.
Maintaining dental hygiene will help prevent issues such as cavities, tooth infection, and gum disease. Preventing these issues will, in turn, help reduce your need for dental fillings, root canals, and periodontal treatments. Interestingly, preventing oral health issues can also help protect your body against systemic disorders that are often directly related to the health of your teeth and gums.
The Mouth/Body Connection
Several studies have found gum disease to be a risk factor in heart disease, stroke, respiratory illness, and hypertension. Poor oral health has shown to produce complications with both diabetes and pregnancy, increasing risks for premature birth and low birth weight in the latter. What’s more, new research has found a strong link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s, further illustrating the importance of maintaining dental hygiene.
Bergenfield dentist Dr. Howard Perlmutter is dedicated to helping you obtain and maintain optimal dental hygiene. Please contact Dumont Cosmetic Dental or call 201-384-9292 for an appointment with Dr. Perlmutter to learn more about the best ways to keep your teeth, gums, and body at peak health. Dr. Perlmutter serves patients in the Bergenfield, Dumont, Haworth, Paramus, and Bergen County, New Jersey area.