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The link between Flossing, Heart Health, and Cognition

The link between Flossing, Heart Health, and Cognition

Although there may not be a strong correlation between dental care and heart disease, increasing evidence suggests they maybe linked.

People with artificial heart valves or heart valve diseases have to be very cautious especially if they have gum disease or periodontitis. Gum disease and periodontitis can increase the risk of bacterial infections in the blood stream, and this can put people with heart valve diseases or other heart conditions at risk. The bacteria in the mouth from gum disease can enter the heart through the blood stream contributing to damaging systemic inflammation and infecting the heart valves. Therefore, a bacterial infection in the blood needs immediate attention.

In addition to cardiovascular diseases, chronic inflammation over time plays a significant role in dementia. A comprehensive systemic review published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society investigating the effect of different measures of periodontal health shows poor periodontal health appear to adversely impacts and increase the risk of both cognitive decline and dementia; however, a well-designed studies & research are needed.

Gum disease may not be noticeable at early stages. But according to the American Academy of periodontology, there are warning signs that warrant a visit to the dentist. Such signs are red swollen, tender gums, bleeding gums while brushing and flossing, receding gums, loose teeth, and persistent bad breath.

A good oral health is vital part for your physical health. Without proper oral hygiene, plaque containing bacteria can build up on your teeth and accumulate below the gum line leading to gum disease. This plaque buildup can be prevented by easy steps of brushing and flossing. Flossing is recommended at least once a day and brushing twice daily and should be considered an important step in an oral hygiene regimen.

Flossing has many benefits that goes beyond healthy teeth and gums. In addition to reducing the risk of gum disease and improving bad breath. Research suggests it plays a role in heart health and cognition. It lessens the risk for developing certain cardiovascular conditions, protect against heart valves infections, and reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

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