Associated With Higher Risk for Heart Disease
Recent studies by dental health professionals and researchers are finding a much
more compelling reason to brush your teeth and floss. Beyond a potential toothache,
bleeding gums, and bad breath, poor dental hygiene can lead to losing your life.
Until recently the lack of good oral health was only regarded as affecting your
teeth and gums like cavities, toothaches, root canals and bad breath. However, studies
now show that there may be a strong connection between not brushing and flossing
regularly and coronary heart disease.
Not brushing often enough or correctly plus lack of flossing creates plaque buildup. Plaque buildup can result in gingivitis, which causes the gums to become red and swollen. Left untreated, gingivitis leads to periodontal disease, an infection in the gums and tooth socket.