CHICAGO, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- February means Valentine's Day and
American Heart Month! The American Dental Hygienists' Association reminds
Americans that daily flossing is one of the easiest and most important things
a person can do to improve their total health -- including preventing the
onset of cardiovascular disease, an ailment that affects approximately 59
million people in the U.S. alone.
ADHA President and registered dental hygienist Lisa B. Potter says, "While
this may not sound like an oral health issue, numerous studies have suggested
a connection between periodontal and cardiovascular disease." Seventy-five
percent of adults have some form of periodontal disease, an inflammation of
gum tissue caused by bacterial infection.
Potter points out that flossing is an essential component for maintaining
healthy teeth and gums because it helps to clean the teeth surfaces, between
the teeth and along the gumline.
Potter further explains that many people do not floss on a regular basis
because they find it difficult, especially where there are tight contact
points between the teeth. She suggests that people who have difficulty using
floss try some of the other interdental cleaners -- thin plastic or wooden
dental picks or mechanical floss threaders -- until they find something that
is comfortable and easy for them to use.
In addition, Potter says people should keep in mind that brushing teeth at
least three times a day helps to clean the teeth surfaces, but has little
effect on the removal of plaque between the teeth and along the gumline.
Brushing, flossing and scheduling regular oral health checkups are all vital
for the maintenance of healthy gums, prevention of periodontal disease,
reduction of tooth decay and prevention of cardiovascular disease.
Dental hygienists help patients understand the connection between oral
health and overall health and educate patients about proper oral hygiene,
including brushing and flossing techniques, to help clean teeth effectively.
For more information about proper oral health care, and brushing and
flossing instructions, please ask your dental hygienist, visit the ADHA Web
site at adha.org or call toll free 1-800-847-6718.
ADHA is the largest national organization representing the professional
interests of the more than 100,000 licensed dental hygienists across the
Dental hygienists are preventive oral health professionals, licensed in
dental hygiene, who provide educational, clinical and therapeutic services
that support total health through the promotion of optimal oral health.
SOURCE American Dental Hygienists' Association