Floss…It's for Your Heart
According to a new study, infection at the root of a tooth increases heart disease risk. These hidden infections—which may not cause symptoms—are common, affecting as many as 1 in 4 people. They are usually diagnosed in routine dental x-rays. Cavities are the most common cause for these infections.
Oral infections and gum disease cause inflammation in the body and can increase risk for a number of chronic conditions, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. More than half of participants in this recent study—all of whom were experiencing heart problems at the time of the study—were found to have dental root tip infections upon examination.
Researchers also discovered that dental infections increase antibodies to bacteria in the blood. This indicates that they affect other areas of the body in addition to the teeth and gums. Brush. Floss. See your dentist regularly. In response to recent claims that flossing benefits are unproven, the American Dental Association (ADA) vigorously defended flossing, saying it was an "essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums."
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