It might sound a bit extreme to suggest that a simple act like flossing could really have life-or-death implications. But you might be surprised to learn about the connection between oral hygiene and some serious health risks.
Dr. Anna Goldston in Greenville wants her patients to know that flossing is something you can't afford to ignore.
The Mouth-Body Connection
Research has shown that there is a significant and direct link between gum disease and inflammation associated with other major health problems like:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Erectile dysfunction
- Premature births
- Low birth-weight babies
Scientists continue to find correlations with other medical conditions as each day goes by.
Why is There Such a Strong Link?
Gum disease is the result of an aggressive bacterial infection and an immune system response. Oral bacteria can travel to other parts of the body through the bloodstream and cause infections or an immune response. The chemicals produced by the bacteria and your immune system will also affect other body systems and strain your immune system.
Just as you wouldn't ignore a sinus, respiratory, or urinary tract infection, you shouldn't ignore an infection in your gums.
Medically-known as periodontitis, gum disease typically results from a chronic buildup of bacteria. As a result, gums become inflamed. The more inflammation present, the more space opens up around your gums for bacteria to collect.
As inflammation progresses, your teeth can lose vital support and eventually fall out. The severity of the disease proves to make it difficult for your body to ward off other health problems, such as those previously mentioned.
What Can You Do?
Communicate with your doctor about controlling pre-existing medical conditions. Schedule regular cleaning appointments with us, and thoroughly clean your teeth and gums on a daily basis. The better controlled your oral health is, the more effectively your immune system can work against other problems.
It Starts with Flossing
Flossing targets the plaque below your gums. At Greenville Family Smiles, we’ll show you different flossing techniques to remove bacteria that a toothbrush can’t reach. Call Dr. Goldston today to give your immune system a boost!