Like most people, I brush my teeth every day. But flossing? It’s a bit tedious. Hence, I suspect, why just a third of us do so regularly. And a third of the population admit to never flossing at all. I was in this group until, a few years ago, I read a research article suggesting that flossing not only reduces the risk of gum disease, but might also cut my risk of having a heart attack. So, I began to floss every night. My enthusiasm for flossing has been boosted by recent studies suggesting that it is not only good for your gums and your heart, but could also cut your risk of dementia. So what links oral health to these diseases? The answer is inflammation. The same bacteria that causes the gums to become swollen and sore may also travel through the blood into other organs, where they cause damage over time. The inbetweener: Dr Michael Mosley goes through his flossing routine, to reduce harmful inflammation. Unless plaque is removed by brushing and flossing, the bacteria in the plaque will create acid that destroys the enamel of your teeth. It also produce toxins, which the immune system responds to, causing… Read full this story
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