Dentists Rejoice! Brushing and Flossing for your Heart

This is yet another study in the continuing saga relating good oral health to overall health.  In this particular study, those with poor oral hygiene had a 70% greater risk of having heart disease.  That’s something to pay attention to.
Now, I’m sure this goes both ways, that having good overall health will also be good for your oral health.  Oral health means regular cleanings, brushing regularly, flossing , regular use of xylitol based products (gum and mints are the easiest) AND (the one most don’t do..) tongue scraping.
Yes–tongue scraping.  There are all kinds of pits and grooves in the back of your tongue that hold and harbor all kinds of gunk (that’s the technical term).  Even after you brush your teeth and tongue, the amount of crud that comes off on a tongue scraper will weaken the strongest stomach.  And without scraping, this crud from your tongue, gums and teeth continues to drive inflammation in the body, creating all kinds of potential problems for long term health.  Breath Rx carries an awesome tongue scraper on Amazon that will last for years.


James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.