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Yesterday I went to the dentist for a cleaning. There were many years in the past, when I didn’t floss regularly and my family knew that I would be going to the dentist soon, because that’s when they would see me floss.

I believe I was able to “skate by” because of my otherwise healthy lifestyle and eating habits. Flossing removes bacteria and plaque that form on your gums and teeth, and when you don’t floss, not only do you put yourself at risk for gum disease and cavities, but you may also be putting your entire health at risk since plaque and bacteria can be absorbed into your blood stream via your gums.

Several studies have linked gum disease with heart disease. So if you haven’t flossed in a while, be gentle as you begin.  If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth or floss, after a few days the bleeding should reduce or stop.  If not, you probably should see your dentist and be checked for gum disease. And if you haven’t had a cleaning in over 6 months, it’s time!

Love, Health & Happiness,

Phyllis

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