PREVENTING teeth is an important element of everyone’s daily routine.
But one dentist has warned that there may be one element you’re missing when it comes to your mouth, and it could lower your risk of disease.
Post to TikTok, Dr. Mark Burhenne who runs the ‘Ask the Dentist’ program, says flossing should be a part of your routine that you try to stick to.
He says there are reasons to floss that actually have nothing to do with your teeth.
“You cannot be healthy without a healthy mouth,” he said.
Dr Burhenne says flossing can help prevent three killer diseases like dementia, heart disease and blood clots, as well as problems around fertility.
Explaining in the comments section, he said: “According to a 2019 study, bacteria normally present in the mouth can release toxins that are routed to the brain, contributing to Alzheimer’s disease.”
Experts at Harvard Medical School says there is a link to heart disease and good oral health.
They say this study has shown that people with poor oral health and problems such as gum disease or tooth loss, have higher rates of heart attack and stroke than those with good oral health. .
They explained: “Learn have been linked to periodontal disease (especially if caused by a bacterial infection called porphyromonas gingivalis) and rheumatoid arthritis.
“Also, a 2018 study found a link between this same bacteria and pancreatic cancer risk.”
Dr. Burhenne also adds that flossing can reduce inflammation and C-reactive protein, and it can also boost your immune system.
Dr Nigel Carter, head of the British Dental Foundation, has previously said that the mouth can increase inflammation throughout the body.
“It can trigger the release of a large number of chemicals called mediators, which are also responsible for the inflammation associated with heart disease,” he said. The Independent.
A study published in 2008 by experts at the University of Bristol also showed that if bacteria enter the bloodstream through the gums, they can combine with platelets in the blood to form blood clots.
How to use dental floss correctly
Flossing is an important part of our oral hygiene routine as it helps remove bacteria from between teeth and gums.
The following is NHS’s Best tips for flossing:
- Cut about 45cm of thread and wrap about 1 finger of each hand.
- Hold the floss firmly between the thumb and forefinger, about 2.5cm of floss between them, do not let loose.
- Use a gentle “swinging” motion to guide the floss between your teeth. Do not clamp the floss to the gums.
- When the floss reaches your gum line, bend it into a C shape against your teeth until you feel resistance.
- Hold the floss close to the teeth. Gently scrape the side of the tooth, bringing the floss away from the gums. Repeat on the other side of the gap, along the face of the next tooth.
- Don’t forget the back of your last tooth.
- When flossing, keep it regular. Start at the top and work from left to right, then move to the bottom and work from left to right again. This way, you’ll be less likely to miss any teeth.
If these reach the heart, they can cause heart attacks in healthy people – another reason why you should floss to limit bacteria in your mouth.
Dr. Burhenne says flossing can also boost fertility and prevent premature birth.
In 2011, experts in Sweden found that women with gum disease had a harder time conceiving than those with healthy gums.
The paper found that women with gum disease took seven months to conceive, instead of five months for women without gum disease.
Lead researcher Professor Roger Hart, University of Western Australia, said: “Gum disease may be one of the factors that can be adjusted to improve pregnancy.”
In 2019, a study was also published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, which found that women with poor gum health were more likely to give birth prematurely.
Researchers found that women who started labor early had a 45 percent higher risk of gum disease than women who went through a perfect pregnancy by 29 percent.
BACK IN MODEL
Leading Central London-based dentist Dr Monik Vasant is advising patients to prioritize home oral care routines and return to the dentist for regular dental care checkups.
Data from Colgate shows half of Britons admit they haven’t been to the dentist since before the pandemic.
He commented, “Social factors surrounding the pandemic such as lockdowns and housework have led to a decline in the oral health of many people.
“People don’t realize that not brushing twice a day, even for just two weeks, can lead to a build-up of plaque that can have long-term effects and we’re seeing this happen with increasing of patients with gum disease and tooth decay.
“To get back on track with your oral health, we encourage people to simply;
- Brush twice a day for 2 minutes
- Replace your brush or brush head every three months
- Cleaning between teeth (flossing)
- And use a fluoride toothpaste with antibacterial ingredients like Colgate Total, which features Dual Zinc Arginine technology for holistic oral care, not just teeth.
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