When your dentist tells you to floss, she isn’t just filling a lapse in the conversation. She knows flossing isn’t just essential for good dental health, it’s good for your overall health as well. You could make a case for flossing being as important for your health as adequate exercise and a healthy diet.
Study after study after study proves that flossing directly prevents gum disease. If you’ve never given much thought to gum disease, the following facts might surprise you.
- Gum disease increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Diabetics with gum disease have a lot more trouble controlling their disease.
- Pregnant women with gum disease often have low birth-weight babies.
- Gum disease and bad breath go hand in hand.
- Periodontal Disease (gum disease) leads to tooth loss. It’s the number one reason people lose their teeth.
- Any problems inside the mouth mean having to see the dentist more often.
1 – 5 are bad enough, but number 6 serves as a personal motivator. Call it a phobia, call it fear, call it irrational….but, whatever you do, don’t call me until I’m through flossing.