Question: What will happen if you don’t brush your teeth?

Likely answer: Bad breath and cavities.

But the effects of not brushing go far beyond tooth decay—and some of them are more serious than you may think. But first let’s look at how much of a problem dental caries (tooth decay) is in the United States.

Children ages 2-11

42%

Have had dental caries with 1.6 decayed primary teeth.

Teenagers ages 12-19

59%

Have had dental caries with .54 decayed or missing primary teeth.

Adults ages 20-64

92%

Have had dental caries with 3.28 decayed or missing primary teeth.

Adults ages 65+

93%

Have had dental caries with 9.24 decayed or missing teeth.

With that in mind, let’s look at additional consequences to poor oral health.
  1. Economic

It’s obvious that tooth decay is still a major problem in the United States. On top of that, in a 2012 report, researchers found that 130 million Americans don’t have dental coverage—that comes out to just under half. With the amount of care required and yet a low amount of people who actually have coverage, think of the money that is being forked out to treat these problems. Here are some numbers to give you an idea:

Dental costs for people without dental coverage (average in U.S.):

  • Semi-annual check up: $288
  • Filling-Amalgam (back tooth): $132
  • Filling-Resin Composite (front tooth): $155
  • Filling-Resin Composite (back tooth): $170
  • Root Canal-Single, Exposed Root: $120
  • Root Canal-Single, Residual Tooth: $185
  • Crown-Single, Resin Composite: $328
  • Crown-Single, High Cast Metal: $776
The financial impact poor oral health can have on a family is astounding. Even if you have dental coverage, there can be a lot of out-of-pocket costs. Many of these costs can be avoided with proper oral care.
  1. Oral Systemic Health

The mouth is a gateway to the rest of your body. The oral environment, whether poor or healthy, contributes to your overall wellbeing. Studies confirm that chronic, low-grade infections in the mouth elevate systemic inflammation and have an impact on all body systems. In fact, many studies link gum disease to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, pregnancy complications, and even Alzheimer’s. Additionally, poor oral health has been linked to oral cancer, sleep apnea, and migraines. Your oral health isn’t just about keeping your teeth white, and cavity-free. It’s about keeping your body as a whole healthy and strong.

  1. Mental Health

A 2009 study concluded, “The results supported the view that self-confidence is related with oral health status, and individuals with impaired oral and gingival health have a low self-confidence level.” Whether it’s good or not, people’s confidence and self-esteem can be directly related to a perceived notion of what other people think of them. If someone is embarrassed about his or her teeth or breath, they will feel less confident as they interact with people. The study also showed that people with poor oral health also had lower values of self-control. The practice and result of good oral habits correlate with stronger mental health.

There is an easy and convenient way to take care of your teeth and avoid these consequences. And again, the answer doesn’t lie solely with brushing your teeth twice a day—many people do that and still suffer from tooth decay. The solution is to get on the xylitol protocol. Thousands of people, both professionals in the dental industry and the layperson, have experienced the clean teeth, fresh breath, and healthy mouth that xylitol can give. Have a healthy body and mind and save some money while you’re at it with Spry.

Beyond the Cavity: Other Consequences of Poor Oral Health
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