Your general dentist has told you that your teeth are the only ones you have for life. If you want to keep them, then yes, flossing really is all that important! Still unconvinced? Well, here are some pretty compelling reasons that you should keep up on the whole flossing regimen, especially since bad oral hygiene can lead to an unhealthy body.
Gingivitis isn’t all that scary on the surface—but it leads directly to periodontal disease if left untreated. In the meantime, you’ve got inflamed, tender, and bleeding gums. Ouch!
Things just got real. In this stage of gum disease, you risk actual bone loss. This means you risk losing your teeth! Periodontitis is associated with an increased risk of stroke and an increase in blood sugar levels. Just ask your dentist—your gums are a gateway to your bloodstream, and if their condition deteriorates, then so does the gate, which means that bad stuff can worm its way in to your gums.
- Heart Disease:
You read that correctly. People with periodontal disease have increased levels of vascular inflammation associated with the risk of coronary artery disease. In the simplest of terms, good oral hygiene means less of that risk, and with heart disease, less is definitely more.
The best part? All of these nasty conditions are treated, first and foremost, at home for pennies a day. Snag some floss and get to it! Regular checkups with your local Baltimore dentist can keep you on top of your risk for gum disease. At The Smile Design Center, we can also teach you the best way to floss, so swing on by for an appointment!