ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A Healthy You Relies On a Healthy Smile

Updated on September 12, 2016

What does that mean?

It means that if we as individuals don’t keep up with our oral hygiene we in fact are putting ourselves at a much higher risk for other medical complications like so: heart disease, diabetes, memory loss, etc.

It’s no question as to why we should maintain a routine of teeth cleaning, but the understanding as to how these effect one another comes from extent proven scientific evidence recovered by studies done over the past several years. Here’s the explanation as to how scientists came to conclude to these results:

Heart Disease - To understand how the one effects the other, doctors describe this as a “cause-and-effect” type of relationship in which inflammation from gum disease can literally help push the development with heart disease and/or strokes. According to the American Heart Association, 610,000 lives each year are taken by some sort of heart complication in both man and women in the U.S. and though these numbers are already far too threatening, a little flossing might help a long way.
Diabetes - To better understand the relationship between our teeth maintenance and diabetes, think of this relationship as a "two-way street.” For years now, doctors have advised those who are diabetic to keep up with oral hygiene for they are more at risk of getting serious gum disease, but now studies are suggesting that serious gum diseases can progress someone into becoming diabetic. To further explain, certain gum diseases can potentially affect blood glucose levels which ultimately leads to becoming diabetic and also receiving dry mouth symptoms, both in which are not something anyone wants to deal with due to the lack of keeping our teeth cleaned.
Memory Loss - The relationship between memory preservation and clean teeth could be expressed by saying “there isn’t one without the other.” In a report by Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry it was indicated that those with gum diseases like gingivitis have proven to suffer from memory loss. This hypothesis came from testing several adults, those with gum diseases and those without. The results were then concluded that the ones with gum disease were more likely to test poorly in verbal recall and subtraction, two skills in which we all use on day to day basics, leading us to realize that the use of antibacterial mouthwash and toothpaste almost seem vital to one’s memory.


Other Medical Conditions That Correlate With Teeth Cleaning:

Premature Birth - Gum Disease can cause premature birth and/or contribute to a baby’s lost of weight.

Rheumatoid Arthritis - Joint pain and inflammation.

Pneumonia - Lung Infection that leads to inflammation.

Should More Studies be Done to See What Else can be Caused By Gum Disease?

See results

Ways To Help Maintain Good Oral Health:

  • Brush your teeth at least two times a day and floss regularly to keep from getting plaque build up in between your teeth.
  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush to minimize pressure on gums.
  • Visit your dentist often for teeth cleaning and/or exams.
  • Eating the right foods will go a long way, try consuming more raw food rather then sugary foods.
  • Remember to change your toothbrush every three months so they effectively clean your teeth.
  • Most importantly, don’t smoke. The use of tobacco jeopardizes your teeth!

Whoopi Goldberg Talks About Gum Disease

Live a Stress Free Life!

In conclusion, it's safe to say that oral health does play a major role in our overall health. By keeping our oral hygiene in tact and continuously seeking aid from our dentists, we will all be able to ensure a life with a little less stress, and not to mention, a more beautiful smile!



    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)