25 Reasons You Should Brush Your Teeth

Posted by on February 10, 2012

Besides complicating your social life, neglecting to brush your teeth can land you with more than just a couple cavities. It could actually stop your heart. We’re not joking. Gum disease has been linked to an increased prevalence of numerous other conditions such heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and bronchitis. But how? Because your mouth is full of bacteria, if you have poor dental hygiene those bacteria can potentially make their way into your bloodstream and thus infect distant parts of your body. So, with that said, here are 25 really good reasons you should brush your teeth.
25

Save Money

Okay, so it’s pretty obvious that if you don’t brush you’ll probably lose your teeth, but by the time you get to the bottom of this list you’ll see that brushing twice a day can potentially save you much more than a couple hundred bucks on a cheap pair of dentures. It can save you tens of thousands of dollars in health care over the course of your lifetime and potentially save your life as well.

24

Smell good

While we know it sounds obvious we just wanted to be clear, your mouth smells bad because of bacteria and chewing gum does not kill bacteria. At least not to any significant extent.

23

Gingivitis

Caused by plaque build up on your teeth Gingivitis often leads to swollen gums that bleed when you brush them. Ironically, there is only one way to prevent this…to brush them.

22

4 out of 5 Americans have it

Your chances of actually preventing Gingivitis look fairly bleak. With 80% of Americans afflicted by some form of gum disease it quickly becomes clear why dentistry is such a lucrative profession. But gingivitis is only the beginning. Eventually you’ll find yourself with some much worse…

21

Periodontitis

You thought swollen, bloody gums were bad? Well, that gingivitis will eventually spread and you’ll start losing the alveolar bone around your teeth, followed by the teeth themselves. Couldn’t get much worse than that could it? Oh it certainly could. Periodontitis, doctors have found, is often a gateway to many other much more serious complications. Let’s start with…

20

Infections

Your mouth is one of the primary ports of entry into your body. Food, bacteria, almost everything inside of you passed through it at one point or another. This means that when something as critical as your mouth becomes infested with harmful bacteria (as it would when you have gingivitis or periodontitis) it will inevitably affect the rest of your body. Take this as an example…

19

Trench mouth

Coined in the trenches of Word War 1 where it afflicted many soldiers, this is essentially an extreme form of gingivitis. Your mouth becomes so overrun with bacteria that they often spread into your cheeks, lips and jaw bones. This however, is just the beginning.

18

Heart Attack

If your gums are bleeding and your mouth is overflowing with plaque and bacteria, it will eventually make its way into your bloodstream. Unfortunately this means that it will inevitably pass through your heart, and plague in your heart is never a good thing. Besides causing heart attacks though, this rogue bacteria can also lead to…

17

Stroke

In a mechanism very similar to what happens in the heart, the bacteria can also spread through the blood stream and into your brain. So, not only can it increase you chances of having a stroke but it can also lead to…

16

Dementia

Poor gum health increases your risk of developing dementia by almost 30% to 40%. There are several theories about the exact mechanism but hopefully you can see the correlation. Remember to brush your teeth and it will help you remember everything else as well.

15

Alzheimer’s Disease

Yes, we know that this is a form of dementia, but just in case anybody reading this wasn’t sufficiently scared into brushing by everything above, we thought we should throw this one in for good measure.

14

Diabetes

Evidently those same bacteria that can destroy your heart and brain are also capable of decreasing the effectiveness of the insulin in your bloodstream. Eventually this will lead to difficulty in controlling your body’s blood sugar and then, at the end of the day, to an increased risk of type II diabetes.

13

Bronchitis

So apart from that nasty, mouth dwelling bacteria seeping into your bloodstream and slowly contributing to the death of your vital organs, there is another mechanism by which they can be swept deeper into your body…inhalation. As soon as those fine droplets from your mouth settle into your lungs they can easily start causing problems and bronchitis is only the beginning.

12

COPD

Smoking is bad for you but smoking and not brushing your teeth is bad for you. It’s not just the smoke in your lungs that can cause Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, but also the tobacco destroying your gums. Like a double edged sword it increases your chances of having COPD twofold.

11

Pneumonia

Even if you don’t smoke, that bacteria in your mouth can still lead to some nasty consequences. Just like with bronchitis and COPD, it has also been known to cause pneumonia. But apart from not breathing, there are still a couple other things that failing to brush your teeth can cause. Something like…