You may be doing everything right: getting plenty of sleep, exercising regularly, and eating a balanced diet. But if you aren’t flossing daily, your health could be in danger.
Flossing gets rid of food and bacteria between your teeth which a toothbrush can’t access. Proper flossing technique even brings the floss down slightly below the gum line between teeth.
Cavities and periodontitis are both oral diseases that start with bacterial infection. The bacteria are most likely to build up right between teeth where it’s hard to clean. That makes those spots vulnerable to decay and gum inflammation.
Flossing is necessary for preventing oral disease. But how can this affect your overall health?
Gum Health and Your Body – What’s the Connection?
Multiple studies show that there is a link between gum disease and other health problems. For instance, those with untreated gum disease are more likely to develop heart disease than those with healthy gums.
One possible reason is that the bacteria infecting the gums can access the heart via the bloodstream.
Evidence also suggests that chronic gum inflammation may also be linked to issues such as arthritis and Alzheimer’s.
While we don’t know everything about how the gums affect health, we know enough to confidently say that keeping gums clean will help keep Acworth residents healthy!
Daily flossing is a key way you can prevent bacteria from overgrowing between your teeth. If you have a hard time using regular floss, there are plenty of other methods and products to help you get the job done.
Learn more and find out how your gums are doing by scheduling a checkup at Dental Care Acworth.