Surely this number has to be wrong! I found this staggering and I am sure that you will too. Just the other day I heard a statistic that 90% of us do not floss. I thought of course this must be a mistake, but in the event that it isn’t I decided to blog about it today.
Some of you may not realize that not flossing really can lead to heart disease. Taking those extra 60 seconds every morning to floss your teeth not only helps prevent gum disease but may also help prevent heart disease. Before I get into the meat of this issue can we just talk aesthetics for a second? Listen, if you don’t floss, your teeth simply are not as pretty. Did you realize? Our teeth are meant to have spaces and healthy gaps in between them. When you don’t floss there is all sorts of junk that builds up in there. Sounds kind of gross, doesn’t it? Well this is a case where it looks worse than it sounds.
New research indicates that regular flossing affects more than the health of your mouth.
- Flossing may protect your heart. The data shows a link between periodontitis and cardiovascular disease. Although researchers are not sure about the connection between flossing and heart disease, it makes flossing a no-brainer for your optimal health.
- Flossing may protect your arteries. Flossing and clogged arteries may also be related. Inflammation is an important link in the chain that causes arterial plaque and obstruction. Researchers also believe that bacteria from the mouth may enter the bloodstream and contribute to inflammation and artery clogging.
- Flossing may reduce your risk of diabetes and its complications. If you already experience some health concerns, flossing may help to protect you from further health complications. Periodontal disease appears to make insulin resistance worse. When cells require more insulin to take up blood sugar from the bloodstream, blood insulin and blood sugar levels rise. Increases in blood insulin and blood sugar levels have undesirable effects which can lead to the development of type 2 diabetes.
- Research points to ties between oral health and overall health. Even when taking into consideration other bad health habits, such as smoking or excessive drinking, studies have shown a strong link between periodontal disease and other diseases.
- Other than a visit to your dentist, no other oral healthcare habit alone has the same ability to remove plaque between teeth and below your gum line.
Awareness of the connection between flossing, heart disease and diabetes, gives you another opportunity to achieve premium wellness.
To fight gum disease and heart disease, use these tips to get the most out of floss:
- Slide the floss under your gum line and curl it around each tooth as you floss.
- Floss gently, your gums may bleed and that’s normal. Your gums will get stronger and bleed less as you floss regularly.
- Use fresh floss for each tooth space.
- If it is difficult to manipulate the floss with your fingers, buy the dental-floss picks or holders that anchor sections of floss.
Seems ludicrous not to take the extra 60 seconds in the morning doesn’t it? Please if you do not do it for your health and wellness, for goodness sake do it for vanity’s sake!