6 ways in which your oral health affects your quality of life

If your dental health is not on track, it can take a toll on your overall health. Read these 6 side effects of poor oral health.
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Don’t overlook your dental health. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock
Dr Kshama Chandan Published: 14 Feb 2023, 10:15 am IST
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Are you experiencing bad breath and are conscious about opening your mouth too much or talking at all? If yes, you may have a dental health problem. People do not understand the importance of their oral health until they have a toothache or see decay. However, neglecting it can seriously harm your overall health. Here, we’ll talk about how your oral health affects your life’s quality.

Side effects of poor oral health

Your overall health will benefit from maintaining good dental hygiene, and it can improve your quality of life. Having healthy teeth and gums means you can eat your favourite food and drinks without hesitation. However, if your dental health is at risk, it can directly impact your food intake and digestion. This can lead to a negative impact on your health. Here are 6 side effects of poor oral health:

1. Tooth decay can become painful

Good oral hygiene takes care of your mouth more than you can imagine. The saliva helps to balance the PH of your mouth time and again. Oral conditions can cause many negative health outcomes. You would never think that even a small cavity can be a big problem if timely treatment is not done. It is possible that the infection will occur in areas where tooth decay increases, which then leads to pus and abscesses.

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Gum or cavity-related issues may cause toothache. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Grinding teeth can cause stress

If you are a person who takes a lot of stress or If you have a habit of grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw when you are under stress or sleeping, headaches may become common. Due to clenching your jaw the whole night, the muscles become active, resulting in a headache. Headaches can make you irritable, moody, and hesitant to get through with your daily activity.

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3. Maligned teeth can affect eating habits

Gaps or maligned teeth affect the hygiene of teeth. There is an accumulation of plaque and tartar between your teeth and discoloration of teeth too. This affects the confidence of a person because you will smile less and always be conscious about your discoloured teeth and will also be very conscious of what food you are eating because the food will get stuck in between the teeth.

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Oral health can go for a toss if you’re not maintaining hygiene. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Wisdom teeth can cause pain

Whenever a wisdom tooth erupts, it puts a lot of pressure on the gums and the teeth adjacent to it. This causes a lot of pain and discomfort as well as difficulty in opening and closing the mouth. The flap of gum that protects the wisdom tooth’s biting surface swells. So, it continues to get caught between the teeth, which results in increased pain and a cheek bite.

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Apart from the difficulty in opening the mouth, wisdom teeth can cause foods to get stuck, a poor smell, difficulty to chew food from that side, minor swelling, and a persistent headache.

5. Bad breath can lead to infection

Food between the teeth, bacteria on the teeth, and debris on the tongue are the three main causes of bad breath. Halitosis is therefore frequently linked to poor oral hygiene, gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis, and dry mouth. This makes the person conscious of talking confidently.

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Dental care is essential. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

6. Gum diseases causes a lot of health issues

Gum issues include swelling, redness, and sensitivity can interfere with daily life. Sensitivity in teeth can prevent you from eating your favourite foods like ice creams. Moreover, these issues can even cause bleeding in your gums. However, these issues sometimes can be caused by brushing your teeth hard. Health issues like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, preterm births, or low birth weight babies have all been related to gum disease. So, consult your dentist to address these difficulties.

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Dr Kshama Chandan, a Celebrity Dentist, and House of Tooth, Mumbai, Maharastra.   ...Read More

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