How Dental Hygiene Affects Overall Health

How Dental Hygiene Affects Overall Health

How Dental Hygiene Affects Overall Health

Looking after your oral health has never been more important as most adults leave hectic and busy lives that so many are neglecting their health and unfortunately, that also means their dental hygiene. We at Didsbury Dental Practice care about your health so this is our reminder to you to start taking your dental hygiene more seriously and the affects poor oral care could have on your overall health.

The importance of dental hygiene

Dental hygiene is more than just brushing your teeth twice a day and it should be an important part of your overall health care routine. Looking after your oral health  doesn’t only affect your mouth, but poor dental hygiene can cause other, more serious side effects to other parts of your body too.

Understanding why dental hygiene is important for your overall health is the first place to start in beginning a good oral health routine. Here are some examples of what poor dental hygiene can do to your body. Some of these are more likely than others and it doesn’t mean these things will certainly happen to you if you don’t maintain good oral health but it’s important to be aware of how critical it is to take your dental health seriously.

Here are just some side effects of poor dental hygiene and what could happen to you if you don’t take good care of your teeth and gums.

Gum disease

Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults and tooth decay is a growing problem for children even as young as four. Bacteria thrive in the plaque and tartar on your teeth, causing gum irritation and bleeding. If left unresolved this eventually results in the gums becoming infected and causing teeth to become loose. A mouth full of bacteria would also cause ulcers and even tonsillitis, all of which can be very painful.

It is a common problem amongst adults but can easily be solved with a good healthcare routine, but if left untreated and the problems gets worse it can cause more serious problems and be more difficult to get rid of.

Regular professional removal of bacteria and plaque by the hygienist is essential in maintaining healthy gums. Our hygienist at Didsbury Dental Practice is very experienced and as well as cleaning and polishing your teeth will also give you advice on your diet and how to maintain a good oral hygiene routine at home.


Surprisingly, poor dental hygiene can lead to acne and other skin conditions. When we don’t keep our teeth clean, bacteria from our mouths thrive in the warm and wet environment which makes it an ideal place to multiply. Unfortunately, this bad bacteria can spread to your skin and cause skin problems like acne.

If you have spots concentrated around your mouth that won’t go despite other remedies to clear your skin, your dental health could well be the issue. Even if you brush your teeth, if you don’t visit the dental hygienist regularly for a check-up to clean your teeth of plaque, which can build up over time, this plaque can cause cavities and gingivitis, which may spread to your skin and cause spots to form around your mouth and chin.

Heart disease

In rare cases, poor dental hygiene over time can lead to heart disease, particularly if you have other underlying health conditions. Mouth infections cause inflammation and your body is designed to produce white blood cells to fight the infections when this happens. But, if untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of your body, such as your heart.                     

Stomach problems

If our mouths are full of harmful bacteria due to poor dental hygiene then when we eat and drink, the food and drink washes the harmful bacteria into our digestive system, down our throats, into our stomachs and then passes through our bowels. This bacteria from our mouths that has been caused by poor dental hygiene, can then go on to cause stomach problems.

Some symptoms of stomach problems that relate to poor dental hygiene include: vomiting, diarrhoea, IBS and IBD. This doesn’t mean that these conditions are caused by poor dental health, but it could be a contributing factor.


Small studies have shown that in some cases, poor dental hygiene can lead to cancer of the mouth and oropharynx. It’s important to note that these studies are still only small and it doesn’t necessarily mean that poor dental health is likely to lead to cancer, but if there is even a slight chance that poor dental hygiene can increase the risk of cancer, everyone should be taking the health of their mouth more seriously.

Mouth cancers can occur in the gums, tongue, inside of the cheek, roof of the mouth, lips and back of the throat known as the oropharynx which includes the tonsils and back of the tongue. Always consult with a doctor if you have any symptoms.

How to maintain dental hygiene

How to maintain dental hygiene

Here are our top 8 tips on how to maintain your dental hygiene:

  1. Brush your teeth twice a day, including your tongue, using an intact toothbrush
  2. Visit your dentist at least twice a year
  3. Visit your dental hygienist to do a deep clean on your teeth
  4. Replace your toothbrush regularly
  5. Floss and use interdental brushes once a day
  6. Avoid sugary foods and drinks
  7. Use a fluoride toothpaste
  8. Go private (more information on why below).

Your dental hygiene appointment

A dental hygienist is responsible for checking and maintaining the cleanliness of your teeth and gums by performing a thorough clean using a process called a scale and polish. Your dental hygiene appointment shouldn’t last longer than an hour and you will feel no discomfort. In fact, you will leave with fresher, cleaner feeling teeth and they may even be a little whiter too as your dental hygienist will remove any surface stains.

Didsbury Dental Practice

Didsbury Dental Practice

We are a 24-hour Manchester Dentist offering emergency dental appointments as well as check-ups, dental hygiene appointments and many other dental services. Situated in a lovely leafy neighbourhood of southern Manchester, we are ready to welcome new patients and we look forward to welcoming you to our premier dental facilities.

NHS vs private dentists: which is better?

Using a private dental practice comes with many benefits as there are a few differences between NHS and private dentists. One of the main benefits of choosing a private dental practice like ours is the lessened wait times as our appointments are far more widely available, flexible and efficient than they are at an NHS dentist, which often has too many patients and not enough appointments.

In addition, private dental practices usually have access to more advanced and newer technology and facilities as funding isn’t limited. These are just some of the reasons to choose a private dental practice like ours. For more information on how we are different from an NHS dentist, feel free to contact us.

Put your dental health first and visit our dental hygienist 

Clinical studies prove that regular treatment by a dental hygienist will help keep your teeth and gums healthy, your smile whiter and your breath fresher. That’s why we adopt a preventive approach to dentistry, in which dentists and hygienists work together to ensure you and your family receive comprehensive preventive dental care.

A healthy mouth leads to a healthier you. It not just benefits your own personal comfort but also the way you feel about yourself and are perceived by others. That is why we offer an extensive range of dentistry services to meet the needs of every family member. As well as following the advice above about following good dental health practices every day, book an appointment with Didsbury Dental Practice and allow us to take care of your dental hygiene to an expert standard.

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