dreamstime_xs_45303716Flossing is something that we’ve all been told we need to do, but few of us understand the impact that it can have on our overall health. Women in particular can benefit from flossing, because it prevents gum disease.

Gum disease can lead to:

As well as a potential role in chronic inflammatory conditions that many people are concerned about, but have less scientific support.

Receding Gums

In gum disease, bacteria attack your gum tissue. The same secreted acid that damages your tooth enamel can also harm gum tissue, as well as other toxic byproducts of bacterial growth. In addition, your body’s own immune response can damage the gums, causing them to recede.

Gum Disease Is the Leading Cause of Tooth Loss

When bacteria infect the area around your teeth, their secretions can damage not just the soft gum tissue, but also the bones and ligaments that hold your teeth in. The body’s immune response also causes damage to your tooth’s support structure. Once these structures are damaged, you may lose your tooth.

Gum Disease and Heart Disease

Gum disease and heart disease are commonly found together, although the causation is still in dispute.

However, two of the most aggressive bacteria in gum disease have been found in arterial plaque, which can contribute to increased heart attack and stroke risk, which seems a strong argument in favor of gum disease having at least a contributory role in the development of heart disease.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, followed by stroke..

Gum Disease Leads to Pregnancy Complications

Pregnancy complications are also associated with gum disease. Women with gum disease are more likely to go into premature labor. They are also more likely to have a baby with low birth weight. Again, we’re not sure if gum disease actually causes these effects, or if they’re just associated, but it seems like a good precaution to use flossing to avoid potential problems.

Reversing the Effects of Gum Disease

Treating gum disease may reverse many of the effects of gum disease, but it doesn’t always heal receding gums. However, the Ravon Gum Rejuvenation can restore your gums to a healthier and more attractive position that can protect your teeth and give you the smile you desire.

To learn more about this exciting technique, please call 949-551-5902 (Orange County) or 310-275-5325 (Beverly Hills).