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You may know that you should brush your teeth if you’re interested in protecting the health of your teeth, but did you know that brushing and flossing could also help your overall health? If you don’t care for the health of your teeth, plaque and bacteria may enter your bloodstream and cause long-term damage. Even major organs such as your heart, brain, and lungs can be affected by bad bacteria in your mouth.

As you probably know, plaque can lead to gum disease. However, did you know that plaque can also clog your arteries? Similarly, plaque can harden into tartar, which can lead to a number of serious issues. Unfortunately, plaque can also harden inside your arteries, which makes your heart work harder to spread gum through your body–increasing your chances of heart disease.

Some studies have also shown that the bad bacteria from your mouth could actually reach your brain. As you may have guessed, this can lead to a number of serious issues, especially because it can result in cognitive diseases. Unfortunately, some of these cognitive diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, could actually become worse because of gum disease.

Finally, upper respiratory problems, such as pneumonia and the common cold, are much more common in individuals with lackluster oral health. Many dentists believe that this issue is a result of this bad bacteria entering into the lungs simply from breathing.

Fortunately, you can prevent a number of issues simply by brushing, flossing, and visiting our dentists, Drs. Farber and Farber, once every six months. We’ll be happy to examine your mouth and offer you any advice you need. To learn more, please feel free to contact Dearborn West Dental at 313-562-5610. We’re eager to hear from you!