As your dentist will tell you, flossing is important for maintaining the health of your teeth and mouth, however, it is also very important for maintaining your general health. According to a Harvard Medical School study in 2002, proper flossing is one of the most important contributing factors to a long life. By flossing properly, you remove food particles and bacteria from your gums and teeth. Removing this bacteria helps prevent serious oral infections such as gingivitis and periodontal disease. Research now links periodontal disease with various illnesses such as Heart Disease and Diabetes.
Heart Disease– Men who have periodontal disease have a 72% greater rate of developing cardiovascular disease. When the bacteria is not removed form your gums, it can cause your gums to bleed, allowing an opening for the bacteria to be absorbed into your bloodstream and travel to your organs. When it travels to your heart, it can lead to blood clots and heart disease.
Diabetes– Gum disease caused by bacteria can make diabetes harder to control. The bacteria that are absorbed into the blood stream may affect the control over your blood glucose levels, contributing to the disease’s progression at a faster rate.
It may seem that during each tip to your dentist, you are being “pestered” about your flossing habits, but with very good reason. Flossing removes the harmful bacteria associated with gingivitis, periodontal disease and possibly serious other health risks. The addition of flossing to your daily oral care routine will not only make your mouth healthier, but your body as well.
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