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Brushing and Flossing May Save Your Life!

Brushing and flossing – a lifestyle that may save your life!

Why do I say this?  In a study published in the Postgraduate Medical Journal by Bale, Doneen and Vigerust, in November 2016, they note evidence that pathogens (bacteria) found in periodontal disease are considered a contributing cause of arteriosclerotic vascular disease including heart attacks and strokes.  Wow!  So taking care of periodontal disease aids in getting rid of the bugs hanging out under diseased gums that travel to the bloodstream.

Periodontal Disease: All the signs of inflammation are here; bleeding, redness, and swelling. All treatable with the help of your dentist and hygienist and brushing and flossing!

Diseased and infected gum pockets as found in periodontal disease are likely to contain harmful bacteria that increase LDLs or Low Density Lipoproteins in the bloodstream.  These same bugs aid in marking your arteries more porous which allows even more LDLs to get into the blood.  LDLs can accumulate into plaques – a contributing cause of atherosclerosis.  If you have heart disease and periodontal disease it should be an easy decision to treat the periodontal disease with the help of a dentist, dental hygienist, and brushing and flossing.  The infection in periodontal disease causes bone loss which is usually permanent.  You may not even know that you have this infection!

What can you do?

  • Brush and Floss – we can show you ways to make this fun
  • Be aware of signs of infection: bleeding, redness, swelling, bad breath
  • See your dentist and dental hygienist, ask them questions!
  • Don’t neglect your overall health or your oral health

The reason that I am writing this blog is because sometimes it is difficult to think of ideas for blogs! And, because I believe that this statement is true!  And because, with the right attitude, brushing and flossing is fun!  And, it may save your life.   Know that gums are just skin and you wouldn’t neglect bleeding areas on your skin would you?  Especially if you didn’t know why your skin was bleeding!  Our office would be happy to help you take the very best care of your mouth, for you and for anyone close to you.  I recently went backpacking with my family.  We spent a wonderful week summiting mountain passes, and enjoying the outdoor splendor.  And brushing and flossing together.

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