Health issues caused by bad oral hygiene

Bad oral hygiene resulting in tooth decay, gum disease (gingivitis) and periodontitis increases your risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis and even premature birth. Oral bacteria responsible for dental problems may infiltrate the bloodstream, reach organs and joints and cause serious inflammation and infection. If you need to schedule an appointment with a dentist, Richland WA is home to 3 Rivers Dental where online appointments are available.

Cardiovascular Disease

Bad oral hygiene could have a negative impact on your overall health. Clinical research has shown that oral bacteria may cause endocarditis (heart inflammation) if it reaches the heart muscle.

Heart blockages, severe hypertension and damage to arteries and blood vessels is possible as well. Inability to chew food properly because of pain and loose teeth also contributes to digestive and nutritional problems that can directly affect your heart health.

Respiratory System

Oral bacteria proliferating in the mouth due to dental decay can be breathed into the lungs and enter the bloodstream from there. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, oral cavity bacteria can be drawn into the lungs (aspirated) and cause pneumonia. The AAP also states that men and women with gum disease are more likely to develop pancreatic and kidney cancer than those without gum disease.


Without treatment, gingivitis may cause blood sugar to rise in people with normal blood sugar. A study involving 9000 adults who did not have diabetes found that those with periodontal disease were twice as likely to develop diabetes in 20 years than subjects without periodontal disease. Researchers think there is a definite connection between bacterial inflammation caused by poor oral hygiene and the emergence of type II diabetes.

Pregnancy Problems

Pregnant women with bad oral hygiene are at risk for delivering premature babies and low-birth weight babies if periodontitis bacteria enter the mother’s bloodstream and reaches the placenta. If you are pregnant, obstetricians strongly recommend visiting a dentist at least twice during your pregnancy.