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. [Read more…]