The Importance of Good Oral Health

Key Takeaways

  • When you take care of your teeth and gums, you’re also promoting good health in other parts of your body.
  • Gum disease is linked to endocarditis, pneumonia, Alzheimer’s, and other health conditions. You can reduce your risk for these diseases by maintaining good oral health.
  • izzos™ UVC Sanitizing Case kills germs on the Oscillating Brush and Polishing Cup Head between uses. This limits the amount of germs introduced to your mouth that can cause other health issues.

Oral health is the gateway to overall health. When you prioritize oral health, you’re taking care of your teeth, as well as other parts of your body. Maintaining good oral health can lower your risk for heart problems, prediabetes, pneumonia, and several other health concerns.

Oral Health & Heart Health

The link between oral health and heart health has been documented for many years. Studies show that people with undetected tooth infections are nearly three times more likely to have heart problems.1 And people with heart disease who recently experienced a heart attack or other cardiovascular event were less likely to practice good oral hygiene.2

Normal activities like chewing, brushing, and flossing can send bacteria into your bloodstream. Once bacteria are in your bloodstream, it’s easy for them to travel to your heart.3 As a result, inadequate oral health increases your risk for infective endocarditis as well as heart disease.4

Other Serious Conditions & Oral Hygiene

Other parts of your body are also affected by oral health. It’s been scientifically proven that poor oral health is linked to pneumonia, Alzheimer’s, and other conditions.5,6 There’s even evidence that the same bacteria that causes gum disease might play a role in pre-diabetes.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. Nearly 6 million Americans currently live with this condition, and that number is expected to exceed 14 million by 2060.7 A study that exposed mice to the bacteria that cause gum disease found evidence of the same type of neurodegeneration as Alzheimer’s.6 This indicates that some cases of Alzheimer’s may be avoided with improved oral care.

Another study also measured the effects of gum disease-causing bacteria on mice. In addition to the onset of gum disease, the mice also experienced increased blood sugar levels and insulin resistance. These results indicate a link between pre-diabetes and gum disease that researchers are working to better understand.8 There’s evidence to suggest that gum disease-causing bacteria also causes an increase in blood sugar levels and insulin resistance–two factors tied to pre-diabetes.

Improve Your Overall Health With izzo

Improving your oral hygiene routine and gaining a healthy confidence is simple and convenient with the izzo 4-in-1 complete Oral Care System. It features a Scaler to remove plaque and debris from hard-to-reach places, an Oscillating Brush Head that cleans more surface area, a Polishing Brush Head that gently and safely removes stains, and a UVC Sanitizing Case to store and clean your Oscillating Brush and Polishing Cup Head.

Toothbrushes can attract harmful bacteria like E. coli, Candida, strep, and staph the longer they are left out in your bathroom.9 Introducing these bacteria to your mouth can not only increase your risk of serious illnesses, but can also cause infections and stomach bugs.

Keeping your toothbrush clean is easy with izzo’s UVC Sanitizing Case. Store your Oscillating Brush and Polishing Cup Head in your UVC Sanitizing Case between uses. The UVC Sanitizing Case uses ultraviolet light to kill 99.9% of germs on your izzo accessories to prevent you from introducing harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi to your mouth. Lowering your exposure to bacteria like these during your oral care routine reduces your risk of gum disease and, as a result, other conditions that affect your overall health.

If you want to learn more about how to use izzo’s UVC Sanitizing Case, watch our How-To Video and check out what other people have to say about our revolutionary Oral Care System.

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