Periodontal disease is a silent killer. It is associated with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease. In fact it is associated with Alzheimer’s disease as well.
Why is this so?
Bad oral hygiene causes oral dysbiosis. This is just like with gut dysbiosis. Bad bacteria multiply. The bacteria can release endo or exotoxins which travel in the bloodstream through capillaries in the gums.
Bacteria themselves can also invade dental pockets and get into the bloodstream. in worst case scenario they can travel through the bloodstream seeding heart valves et cetera. In best cases they release endotoxins that cause chronic inflammation throughout the body.
All the above three can induced chronic inflammation which can cause a multitude of diseases. It can cause arthritis, headaches, skin rashes etc.
Improved oral hygiene will help with all of these.
What regime do I use?
1) Brush morning and evening with an electric toothbrush. Manual toothbrushes are not so good at removing plaque (the bacterial biofilm) on your teeth.
2) Use a tongue scraper morning and evening to remove bacteria from the tongue. This scrapes off as whitish yucky discharge. This bacteria can transfer onto the teeth causing dental caries.
3) I try to oil pull once-a-day
4) I floss at night before sleep. Flossing is very important as it removes food particles between the teeth. It also removes particles between the teeth and gumline. Your toothbrush cannot touch these places however well you brush.