Inadequate dental care linked to increased risk of cancer and heart attacks.

Health professionals emphasize the critical link between oral hygiene and overall health, highlighting how neglecting dental care can lead to severe conditions like cancer, heart attacks, and renal failure. Poor oral hygiene fosters bacterial growth in the mouth, potentially causing systemic harm by spreading bacteria throughout the body.

The World Health Organization underscores the global impact of preventable oral diseases, affecting billions of individuals across their lifetimes and resulting in pain, disfigurement, and, in severe cases, death.

In interviews with PUNCH Healthwise, dental experts stress the paramount importance of comprehensive oral care, extending beyond brushing and flossing to include regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings.

Dr. Ahmed Ismail, a dental specialist, draws attention to studies linking inadequate oral hygiene to oral cancer, heart disease, and renal failure. He highlights various research findings demonstrating the connection between poor oral hygiene habits and increased risks of oral cancers, emphasizing the role of habits like tobacco and betel nut consumption in exacerbating these risks. Dr. Ismail also outlines how gingivitis and periodontal diseases resulting from poor oral hygiene can lead to cardiovascular issues like heart attacks.

Furthermore, Professor Tanimola Akande, a public health expert, underscores the correlation between chronic gum inflammation and the heightened risk of cancer, renal failure, and heart attacks due to inadequate oral care. He emphasizes the transmission of bacteria from oral infections to the bloodstream, affecting the heart and potentially leading to kidney issues.

Both experts stress preventive measures: brushing teeth twice daily, using appropriate dental products, regular dental check-ups, and avoiding habits like tobacco and excessive alcohol intake. They also highlight the impact of poor oral hygiene on bad breath, tooth decay, and gum inflammation, offering advice on recognizing signs of inadequate oral care and its association with conditions like cardiovascular disease, respiratory issues, dementia, and pancreatic cancer.

Studies published in BMC Oral Health and Nature Medicine further support these claims, showing heightened risks of cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, dementia, and pancreatic cancer associated with poor oral hygiene, reaffirming the critical connection between oral health and systemic well-being.


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