5 Important Things to Do Everyday – #2

2. Floss your teeth. 

That’s right! This simple task has a huge impact on health!!

Infection in the mouth wrecks havoc on the rest of our body!

Low grade, chronic infection activates an inflammatory response throughout the body which is a critical factor in the development of a slew of conditions from preeclampsia during pregnancy, to clogged arteries, heart attacks, stroke, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s.

C Reactive Protien, or CRP, is a blood test to check for inflammation in the body. High levels of CRP could indicate a greater risk for stroke or heart attack

It’s estimated that approximately 75% of Americans have some form of peridontal disease. If you are taking the pill you are at greater risk for peridontal disease, so it’s important to have a yearly check up.

Low birth weight and prematurity have also been linked to gum infection, therefore it’s super important to see your dentist if you are pregnant.

Every year, my New Year’s resolution is to floss everyday and every year I get closer to my goal of flossing 365 days a year. It’s hard to fail at this resolution as everyday is a chance for success! No matter what happens I’ve come closer every year to improving my overall health.

Check out the American Academy of Periodontology’s website for more information about all things gum disease.

Remember…floss your teeth!

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