Have you ever wondered what would happen if you stopped brushing your teeth twice a day? Apart from the fact that you would almost certainly need to visit the dentist more frequently, there would also be some serious health risks that might well surprise you.
Recent research suggests that not looking after your smile and having poor oral hygiene leads to an increased risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, and dementia, as well as gingivitis.
– A recent study found that patients in a care home who did not brush their teeth regularly were between 22 and 65 percent more likely to develop dementia.
– Gingivitis has strong links to HPV, a virus strongly associated with oral cancers.
– Some scientists believe that there is also a strong link between oral bacteria and plaque found in the arteries of the heart.
If you brush and floss just like your dentist tells you, you are leagues ahead of your fellow Americans in terms of maintaining proper oral care.
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