In this article we’re going to show you how to get healthier knees by flossing. Yes, you read that correctly. Floss to improve your knees. So the obvious question is how exactly does this all add up? Let us explain..
So there may be yet another link between your oral health and the overall health of your body. Previously, we’ve discussed connections between your oral health and heart disease, diabetes, and a numer of other chronic health conditions. This time, the link is between gum disease and arthritis.
Arthritis, like many chronic health conditions is primarily caused by inflammation of those arthritic areas. The more inflammation, the worse off your arthritic condition will be. So if you have artritis, the goal is to limit any potential sources of added inflammation to the body in order to minimize the pain. This is where the gum disease connection comes into play.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease as us dentists call it, is an inflammation of the gums which is caused by a bacterial infection that attacks the gums. What ends up happening when linking this to arthritis, is that the bacteria caused gum inflammation can then spread throughout your system thus inflaming your artritis even more. Now this connection can also work the other way around as well. Those who have arthritis are also generally more susceptible to getting gum disease if they don’t already have it for these same reasons. So if you have arthritis, or gum disease, you had better start taking your flossing and dental hygiene very seriously otherwise your condition may worsen causing a even more pain in your body, and your pocketbook in the future.
Now once this inflammation causing bacteria gets into your blood stream it can really begin to effect your entire system as your blood carries this bacteria around to your entire body. There have even been studies done to where they’ve literally found gum bacteria in people’s arthritic knees. So if you want healthy knees when you get older, then floss! I know that sounds weird, but it’s very true. Studies have also been done on people who have both gum disease and arthritis, and what was found was that as the gum disease was treated and the inflammation of the gums started diminishing, so did the arthritic inflammation too! Sometimes by drastic amounts.
So whether you have gum disease and want to minimize your chances of arthritis, or if you have arthritis and you want to avoid gum disease, then floss! I know it seems so simple, but it really is that easy. Now if you have advanced gum disease you may want to visit your periodontist (we do that too), but many times the initial signs of gum disease can be halted by simply getting your dental hygiene back on track with flossing, brushing at least twice a day, rinsing before you brush, and then using ACT before you go to bed. Just remember, if you want healthy joints when your older, then floss! It will take you a lot further than you may think.