1: Reduces Sexual Problems
Not brushing your teeth can actually interfere with your sex life. Redmond Molloy has read a study released in 2011 showed that gum disease and erectile dysfunction (ED) were related. Four out of five men in the study with severe erectile dysfunction also had gum disease. An Israeli study had similar findings > 15% of the men they studied with ED had chronic gum disease.
The link is that oral bacteria, built up from a lack of teeth-brushing, combined with plaque can enter the bloodstream through the swollen gums. This can causes penile blood vessels to narrow, blood vessels needed to provide blood for a normal erection.Teeth brushing can also improve a man's sperm count. A separate Israeli study found that of 56 male subjects, more than 50% of men with low or no sperm counts also had gum disease. Of the men with no sperm count at all, half of them had chronic periodontal disease.
2: Improves Brain Function
Sudoku, green tea, exercise and Omega-3s are just some suggestions on how to improve our cognitive functioning. But studies show we should add teeth brushing to that list. Gum disease has been shown to have an effect on cognitive dysfunction, which is associated with Alzheimer's disease.
Redmond Molloy found a 2010 study by NYU researchers that tested 152 people to evaluate cognitive abilities. Using the Digit Symbol Test (DST) measureing adult IQ, the researchers found a relationship between periodontal swelling and low DST scores at age 70. In fact, participants with swollen gums were nine times more likely to get low scores. A British study also supported these findings it studied thousands of adults between ages 20 and 59 and found that bleeding gums and advanced gum disease were connected with poor cognitive function and health -- not just in advanced age but throughout adulthood.
3: Helps with Weight Loss
If you have gulped a glass of orange juice in the morning, right after brushing your teeth, it probably didn't taste so good. Brushing your teeth after you're done eating has that effect with more than just orange juice. Once your mouth feels minty-fresh, food and drink will not be that palatable, so you're more likely to stop eating. Teeth brushing is a signal for your brain to tell your body that eating is over. So after dinner, go ahead and brush your teeth. It will help you fight the urge to eat anything else. This alone can help with weight loss since many people eat out of habit or boredom at night. These calories are the worst because they don't get used up you just take them to bed and they become fat
4: Improved Pregnancy
Pregnant women are more prone to what is called "pregnancy gingivitis." This is a mild form of gum disease usually associated with bleeding and swollen gums . Focusing on good brushing helps with pregnancy gingivitis and also keeping your Dental appointments when you are pregnant.
Bleeding gums can be the beginning of full-blown gum disease, and that can cause more than just irritation or discomfort. There have been studies showing links between women who have chronic gum disease and premature births, or preterm/low birthweight babies. One study on 450 women that Redmond Molloy read found that of those with untreated gum disease, a staggering 79% delivered early or had babies with low birth weights. Compare this to a low 4.1 percent of women with healthy gums who had similar issues.
5:Prevent Respiratory Diseases
You don't usually associate teeth brushing with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and pneumonia, but it turns out, you can. So, what's the correlation?
COPD and pneumonia are potentially disabling respiratory infections and primary causes of death in the United States. These infections occur when bacteria get into the lower respiratory tract. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection and it starts when bacteria from plaque gets in and around the teeth. Can you see where this is leading?
In January 2011, a new study which Redmond Molloy has seen was published linking gum disease with respiratory disease. Research showed that the bacteria associated with gum disease could increase the risk of developing COPD and pneumonia. On the other hand, teeth brushing can reduce your chances of gum disease because it takes care of tartar and plaque, preventing the bacterial build-up in your mouth. By working with your dentist or periodontist, you may actually be able to prevent or diminish the progression of harmful diseases such as pneumonia or COPD," said Donald Clem commenting on the research
So, while it doesn't seem like much,but those six monthly visits to Redmond Molloy and that two to three minute brushing a few times a day could actually save your life.
Even though most people are aware that good oral health is essential for the overall health of both mother and child, misunderstandings about the safety of dental care during pregnancy can cause pregnant women to avoid seeing their dentist. The fact is that dentists can create a treatment plan that is safe, effective, and essential for combating the adverse effects of oral disease during pregnancy.
During the course of pregnancy, a woman's oral health can undergo significant changes. According to an article published in General Dentistry, pregnant women can experience gingivitis, pregnancy tumors, and mild to severe gingival enlargement.
Clinically, pregnancy gingivitis is no different than non-pregnancy gingivitis. Patients will experience redness and inflammation of the gums, bleeding on probing, and increased tooth mobility. Between 30 and 100 percent of pregnant women will experience varying degrees of gingivitis.
"Although bleeding and inflammation of the gums has been noted in all trimesters of pregnancy, it typically disappears three to six months after delivery, provided that proper oral hygiene measures are implemented," says the lead author of the article. "Good oral hygiene and visits to a dentist can help to alleviate gum inflammation."
Pregnancy tumors are reported by 10 percent of pregnant women. These tumors, which are not cancerous, appear as a growth in the mouth and usually disappear after the child is born. They typically are painless and purple or red in color, but they can exhibit spontaneous bleeding.
If a pregnancy tumor is painful, bleeds severely, or interferes with eating, surgical removal is the treatment of choice but this is very rare.
Gingival enlargement, which is an overgrowth or an increase in the size of the gums, occurs less frequently than gingivitis and pregnancy tumors. In severe cases, the gums can "grow" to cover the teeth completely.
Pregnancy gingivitis and gingival enlargement are thought to be the result of a heightened response to bacteria in the mouth, That's why it is extremely important to maintain good oral hygiene during pregnancy.
If proper oral hygiene is not initiated prior to or during pregnancy, conditions such as gingivitis, pregnancy tumors, and gingival enlargement can worsen as the pregnancy progresses. Pregnant women should maintain their regular checkups, if they notice any changes in their oral health Redmond Molloy are more than happy to see and reasure you.
A new study suggests pregnant women's oral health can have a significant impact on the baby's health.
Pregnant women can experience gingivitis ( bleeding gums ) and mild to severe gingival enlargement as well as pregnancy tumours.
Although bleeding and inflammation of the gums has been noted in all trimesters of pregnancy, it typically disappears three to six months after delivery, provided that proper oral hygiene measures are implemented.
Pregnancy tumours, which are not cancerous, appear as a growth in the mouth and usually disappear after the child is born.
They typically are painless and purple or red in colour, but they can exhibit spontaneous bleeding. Redmond Molloy has learned through, a spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry, who said: ‘Pregnancy gingivitis and gingival enlargement are thought to be the result of a heightened response to bacteria in the mouth.
That's why it is extremely important to brush and floss and to maintain any usual Dental visits during pregnancy to maintain good oral hygiene.
In January 2010, the first-ever documented link between foetal death and a mother's pregnancy-related gum was reported.
A 35-year-old woman delivered a full-term stillborn baby who, during pregnancy, experienced severe gum bleeding, a symptom of pregnancy-related gingivitis. The article explains that bleeding in the gums allows bacteria in the mouth to enter the bloodstream and potentially infect a foetus.
Pregnant women should maintain their regular, checkups and consult a dentist if they notice any changes in their oral health.
The article is published in the November/December 2010 issue of General Dentistry
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