Maintaining good oral hygiene may be more important than you thought. Researchers have discovered significant links between bacteria that thrive in your mouth and serious health conditions, like cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
What’s the link?
- Plaque build-up around the gum line will lead to gum infections, otherwise known as gingivitis and periodontal disease
- People with these infections experience inflammation in the mouth, allowing bacteria (like those that cause bad breath) to enter the bloodstream, and infiltrate other areas of the body.
- These toxins can then cause inflammation in other parts of the body (in arteries for example) contributing to a variety of other serious health conditions.
- The more severe the oral infection, the higher the risk for a range of other diseases.
What kind of diseases?
Cardiovascular Disease – The inflammation caused by the oral bacteria in the bloodstream, provides a base for plaque to form and build up in the arteries. This “atherosclerotic” plaque increases your risk of heart attack, heart muscle infection, and stroke.
Diabetes – Those with diabetes are already at an increased risk for developing gum disease. Infection can cause insulin resistance, disrupting blood sugar control, making diabetes more difficult to keep-in-check.
Preterm Birth – Toxins from oral infection can interfere with a baby’s development. They can also cause mothers to produce the chemicals which trigger labor, potentially leading to premature birth.
What can you do?
Keeping these harmful bacteria and toxins in check is essential! The best way, is to keep your mouth as clean as possible. Normal brushing and flossing are a good start, but they can’t clear bacteria from the crevasses in your mouth where they live.
The best solution is to use an antibacterial, therapeutic mouth rinse like ProFresh, in order to reach every part of the mouth. ProFresh takes a dual-level approach. It destroys, 99.9% of the oral bacteria, and prevents plaque from forming. Rinsing twice-a-day, also prevents the bacteria from coming back.
The active ingredient in Profresh Rinse, Activated Chlorine Dioxide, kills oral bacteria from the outside-in, destroying the bacteria’s cell wall first. Traditional mouthwashes that contain alcohol kill bacteria from the inside-out, and lose effectiveness before they totally penetrate bacterial cells. Using ProFresh ensures that bacteria are completely eliminated, and rinsing twice-a-day, also prevents the bacteria from coming back.