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Flossing For Good Heart Health

Did you know that flossing your teeth can be good for your heart?  It’s true!  Increasing dental and cardiovascular research suggests that there may be correlations between proper flossing and preventing heart disease.

Good Reasons to Floss

Health experts say when you have gum disease, which can be caused by poor or improper flossing, or not flossing at all, you’ll likely have constant inflammation of your mouth caused by microorganisms.

If these microorganisms were to leave your mouth and get out into your blood stream, they could contribute to the buildup of fatty deposits in the heart, which will gradually weaken its ability to function.

When you floss, you get rid of the organisms in the mouth that could travel and infect the heart.

This is the most logical link between flossing and heart disease prevention,

Of course, you should really be much more concerned with lowering your risk of preventing gum disease through proper oral care, like flossing, rather than preventing heart attacks, but every ounce of prevention counts.

 Your Three Best Friends: Toothbrush, Toothpaste and Floss

As the American Dental Association (ADA) states, your toothbrush, your toothpaste and your floss should be considered your three best friends.

All three keep your gums healthy, and now, more evidence is finding that they also can help keep your heart healthy.  So, with that in mind, here are three more things you need to know about the health of your gums:

  • If you brush and floss regularly, you usually will remember to make an appointment for your regularly scheduled dental checkup. During those dental checkups, you will also get a screening for signs of oral cancer.  In the U.S., every hour someone dies of oral cancer.  This serious dental disease can affect not just the mouth, but the lips or throat as well.  It is usually curable, but only if it is diagnosed and treated in its early stages. This is why it is very important to get regular dental checkups.
  • Brushing and flossing correctly will stave off bad breath, which can be another indicator of poor dental health.  More than 85 percent of people who report having bad breath have a dental condition that is to blame for their halitosis, another term for bad breath.  While mouthwash can mask bad breath, it doesn’t cure it.  The only thing that can adequately combat halitosis is brushing and flossing regularly. If you are doing this, but you still feel like you have chronic bad breath, make an appointment to see your dentist — something else may be going on.
  •  Finally, remember that poor dental health could also be a sign of a poor diet.  The sugar from foods and beverages like soft drinks will combine with bacteria in your mouth to produce acids that can actually attack your tooth enamel. This can lead to both cavities and gum disease.  If you have either one of these, make sure to evaluate your diet. A poor diet can lead to much worse harm to your mouth — and the rest of your body — than just cavities!

Your dental problems aren’t going to go away on their own.  Your toothbrush, toothpaste and floss are certainly supposed to be your best friends — but your dentist should be one as well.  Has it been a while since you’ve seen your dentist? Make an appointment today to come in for your regular check-up!

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