Floss or Die… Really [Infographic]

We’ve all heard it – brush and floss daily for good oral health. But did you know that not protecting your teeth could adversely affect your entire body? Studies show that last year, 34% of people did not visit a dentist at all and over 1/2 of all Americans do not floss on a daily basis. Jordan Dentistry of Cumming, GA brings you some facts today that will hopefully change your state of mind when it comes to your mouth.Floss or Die Infographic

Heart Disease

It has been found that the presence of gum disease, cavities, and missing teeth are as good at predicting heart disease as cholesterol levels.  How do you prevent these things? Take care of your teeth! People that have periodontal disease are two times more likely to develop heart disease because of plaque build up in their arteries.

Diabetes

Change your diet now or later, but if you don’t take care of your teeth by eating right, you could be more likely to develop diabetes. Most of those – 95% – that have diabetes also have periodontal disease, and a third of these have lost teeth due to the disease. How do you avoid this? Cut down on the sugar intake, it will not only save your teeth but it will also save your pancreas.

Respiratory Problems

If you already have respiratory problems they are just another reason to pay special attention to your teeth. When you allow the bacteria to build up in your mouth and on your teeth by slacking on your daily oral hygiene routine, the bacteria can travel to your lungs where it can aggravate your respiratory systems and make whatever issues you already have, worse.

These are just a few of the problems that can occur in the rest of your body when you disregard your oral health. To avoid all of the trouble is simple! Take part in the four habits of good oral hygiene:  Brush, floss, chew, rinse. And, make sure that you are seeing your Cumming, GA dentist for your regular check ups and cleanings to keep your pearly whites beaming!

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