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12 Most Important Reasons to Brush and Floss Your Teeth Daily

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  • Written by: James Patrick Caley James Patrick Caley, D.S.S.
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Do you forget to brush and floss your teeth? Well, besides cavities, ignoring your oral hygiene has been linked to heart problems, dementia and impotence! Following are 12 of the most important reasons to brush and floss your chompers daily.

  1. SMELLY: Your mouth will start to smell, as you get halitosis. Chewing gum doesn’t always mask the smell. You take the trash out from the kitchen and not just spray Lysol inside the can… right? Reference

  2. BACTERIA & PLAQUE – More than 700 species of bacteria (most harmless) thrive in your mouth, encouraging the build up of plaque on your teeth. Reference

  3. GUM DISEASE (GINGIVITIS) - is caused by the plaque build up around your teeth, leading to swollen gums and teeth that bleed when you brush them. Want to avoid bleeding gums? Brush them! Reference

  4. PERIODONTITIS– After your gums swell and bleed, the gingivitis spreads to the bone surrounding your teeth. Reference

  5. HEART ATTACKS - The overflowing plaque and bacteria can eventually make its way into your bloodstream. While true, according to the AHA, it’s not a causal factors because of “several common risk factors, including cigarette smoking, age, and diabetes mellitus. Reference

  6. STROKES – Similar to the heart, the bacteria can also make its way up to your brain. Reference

  7. IMPOTENCE – A small Turkish study found a link. Study

  8. DELAYED CONCEPTION – Australian researchers claim a delay of two months. Reference

  9. LOW BIRTH WEIGHTS - Antibodies to the bacteria infection in the mother has been found in umbilical cords and placental blood of the baby after delivery. Reference

  10. DEMENTIA – Poor oral health increases your risk of developing dementia by 30-40%. Reference

  11. TIME – Take the full 2 minutes. The average American spends 1 minute brushing their teeth, which generally only removes 60% of the plaque.

  12. SAVE MONEY – Prevention is the best cure! If you neglect your oral health, you will potentially need to spend thousands on extractions (you have 32 teeth), and eventually dentures. Reference

If you still do not want to take the time to get the plaque off your teeth, you can always do what Rodney Dangerfield did and wear a brown tie. “I told my dentist my teeth are going yellow. He told me to wear a brown tie.”

Republished with permission from 12Most

Margie Arnett, M.S., is guest author for Dr. James Patrick Caley. She is an assistant professor, author, keynote speaker, project manager, social media specialist and triathlete, who loves to exceed project expectations. She is passionate about mending the world within her reach and volunteers for Childhelp and Assistance League.

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