Add Stroke Risk Reduction to the Many Benefits of Flossing

Benefits of FlossingThere is a desperate shortage of reasons to floss. Dentists can tirelessly enumerate the hygienic benefits of taking a thread and running it in between each individual tooth, but the masses have already made up their minds: flossing is something they simply do not want.

The same sentiment is true for stroke. Fortunately, one helps cancel out the other.

One More Thing

People want to floss. They want the benefits of flossing. They even want people to believe that they floss, even if the opposite is true. The problem is; nothing points to flossing as a need. People regard it as optional every time they put down their toothbrush.

By now, even those with a passing familiarity with general dental hygiene already know the benefits flossing brings. It cleans where the toothbrush and mouthwash cannot. It prevents gingival bleeding. It makes cavities part of the unthinkable. It even lessens the chance of oxygen not reaching the brain.

Ruptured Threads

A stroke occurs every 40 seconds. Only one in four people regularly floss. That one person may not be relevant to the 40-second timer, as doctors from the University of Heidelberg in Germany discovered a link between gum disease and heart problems.

By comparing 166 patients who have a history of stroke to another 166 who do not, the doctors were able to delineate a few lifestyle factors that contribute to the occurrence and non-occurrence of ruptured blood vessels. The findings led researchers to believe that microbes like Chlamydia pneumoniae play a significant role in the emergence of cardiovascular disease.

Dentists from Broadway Dental Clinic say that even though ruptured blood vessels seem too unrelated to an oral cleaning procedure as simple as flossing, there is sufficient logic behind the occurrence of harmful microbes entering the bloodstream through ruptured gums — something dental floss prevents. ‘Better control of infection and improved dental care may have contributed to the recent decline of stroke’, Dr. Armin J. Grau, the study’s lead author, writes.

Many other lifestyle choices can cause or prevent stroke, but adding dental floss to the list of items helping to prevent offers a significant new point dentists can use to encourage patients to begin the largely beneficial habit.