You’ve probably heard about the importance of brushing and flossing from your dentist or dental hygienist each time you go in for a check-up and cleaning. Maybe you feel like you’ve heard all there is to hear about preventing cavities and gum disease. But did you know that the answer to, “Why Floss and Brush Daily?” involves more than you might have imagined?
In fact, many experts believe that keeping your teeth and gums clean can significantly impact your entire body. There has been a huge amount of research on this topic over the last 10-20 years. There is strong evidence that good oral health contributes to overall general health by reducing inflammation in the mouth, therefore preventing inflammation in the rest of the body. Many diseases are based in inflammation, so anything that prevents it is greatly beneficial.
Just think about what you’re doing when you floss and brush daily: You’re removing the hundreds of species of bacteria that live under the gums around each of your teeth. If those bacteria remain in your mouth for very long, they can easily enter your bloodstream. There is a lot of blood flow to the mouth, which is partly why the mouth heals so quickly. The downside is that bacteria have an easy pathway to the rest of your body.
Positive Impact on the Body
It is thought that daily plaque control can help prevent many diseases, including atherosclerosis, other heart diseases, and diabetes. In addition, a link has been found between gum disease and Alzheimer’s, and it’s even thought that pregnant women who brush and floss daily have fewer low-weight and pre-term babies.
As for tips on how to establish good habits, remember that while brushing twice a day and flossing once per day is the ideal goal, flossing even three to four times a week is still beneficial. Remember that consistency is more important than perfection. If you’re looking for a Cincinnati dentist who can assess your oral health and make recommendations for how you can improve your home care habits, you can call Bell Dental at (513) 321-2278 and schedule a visit today, or contact us through our website. You’ll be on your way to having a healthier mouth and a healthier body for life.