Get Clean 2015 – Tip #12

Flossing – the thing you don’t do that can hurt you!

Did you know that the health of your mouth can affect the health of your heart? Studies have shown that people with moderate or advanced gum (periodontal) disease are more likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums. Studies have even shown that oral health can provide warning signs for other diseases or conditions according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Bacteria from infected gums is suggested to dislodge, enter the bloodstream, attach to blood vessels and increase clot formation.

Flossing does about 40% of the work required to remove sticky bacteria, or plaque, from your teeth. Plaque generates acid, which can cause cavities, irritate the gums, and lead to gum disease. Each tooth has five surfaces, if you don’t floss you leaving at least two of the surfaces unclean.

Gum disease can ruin the youthful aesthetics of your smile by eating away at gums and teeth. It also attacks the bones that support your teeth and the lower third of your face. People who preserve the height of that bone by flossing look better as they age.

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