Dentists have been telling us to floss forever but have you ever wondered why its so important? Did you know that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Your mouth is the doorway to your body, and everything that constitutes your body has come in from your mouth, whether it is food, liquids or bacteria.
Bad and harmful bacteria, which are located in dental plaque, can find there way into your body if not removed well with brushing and consistent flossing.
Flossing is vital because:
Dental cavities and gum disease are caused by bacteria that are left between teeth (found in plaque). This is why it’s bad for plaque to be left in your mouth. Brushing alone does not clean in between teeth, only dental floss can remove plaque in those areas.
As mentioned earlier, the mouth is an entry point to harmful bacteria that may eventually reach the body organs, including cardiac tissue.
The Mayo Clinic has conducted research which suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke may be linked to oral bacteria, possibly due to chronic inflammation from periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease.
There is also strong scientific evidence that people who suffer from diabetes can have their condition complicated by gum disease. Diabetics usually have a weaker immune system and take more time to fight inflammations and infections, including the ones that start in the mouth. That’s why oral hygiene, which includes daily brushing and flossing, is very important to prevent diseases, or disease complications, such as diabetes.
Gum disease in pregnant women has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
To protect your oral health, make sure that you: Brush your teeth at least twice a day of course but also floss religiously! Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks, schedule regular dental checkups.
Remember, taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.
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