A study conducted by the Dental Health Foundation reveals that regularly flossing are not just good for your gums and teeth but can reduce heart attacks risks as well.
"Gum disease, caused by the build up of bacteria on the teeth is really an infection in your mouth. An infection of any type is not good for the body, especially in people whose capability to fight infection may be compromised by an illness such as diabetes or an immune disease" Payman Langroudi, a dentist with Enlighten Smiles said.
Flossing once a day reaches the 35 percent of the mouth that can't be reached by brushing alone. Flossing teeth offers important protection against swollen, red and bleeding gums which could lead to periodontal disease later on.
"Flossing helps keep your breath more pleasant by removing the malodorous bacterial film that can't be removed by brushing alone" said Langroudi.
Bacteria can enter the bloodstream via sore gums and deposit a clot-forming protein that raises heart disease risk, Bristol University researchers report. Langroudi suggests: "Now it seems regular flossing may directly reduce cardiovascular risk"
Additionally, 52 % of pregnant women with unhealthy gums gave birth before 35 weeks. The study stresses that severe gum disease can impact blood sugar control in diabetics too which leads to prolonged periods of time when the body functions with a high blood sugar.