The effects of poor oral hygiene can be far-reaching

poor oral hygieneOral hygiene and overall health are connected in a variety of unexpected ways. For example, you might be surprised to learn that poor oral hygiene can cause nerve damage. Here’s how:

Tooth decay

You need to brush and floss every day to protect teeth from decay. This decay is serious business because it can slowly wear away the enamel on your teeth. Once the enamel is gone, your oral nerves are exposed to the elements.

Damage to nerves

Each tooth in your mouth is connected to a nerve ending. This nerve ending warns your body about decay and other health problems. Delaying treatment for a decaying tooth can leave the nerve exposed to bacteria, infection and damage.

Bacteria can travel along the nerve to cause inflammation and other types of damage. In some serious cases, neurological damage can occur. For example, a person may end up experiencing stroke-like symptoms unexpectedly, without having the actual condition.

What you can do

Maintain a consistent at-home oral hygiene routine. If you have tooth pain or suspect damage to a tooth or nerve, see your dentist right away. Treating the problem as soon as possible can help stop or reverse damage to protect your teeth and your overall health.

Please contact us to make an appointment at our south Denver dental office. We offer a full range of dental services for your whole family, and our goal is to help you maintain strong, healthy teeth for years to come.