Daily flossing is essential – heart disease risks

Daily flossing is essential – heart disease risks – Brief Article

In addition to eliminating plaque and food from in between the teeth, regular flossing may also help to reduce the risk of cardiac disease, according to a study released by the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Dr. James de Lemos, Assistant Professor of internal medicine, says that inflammation has been known to increase the risk of heart disease; he notes that periodontal disease might be a source of systemic inflammation and might possibly raise levels of C-reactive protein (CRP). It is thought that CRP and other markers of coronary artery inflammation tend to lead to an increased risk of heart disease. Flossing daily, he says, may be able to prevent periodontal disease and thus lower the risk of cardiac problems.

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