Everyone knows that brushing and flossing your teeth is absolutely essential for dental health. However about half of Americans don’t floss daily, and one in five don’t brush their teeth twice daily. If you find yourself on either of those sides of the spectrum it might be time to reconsider.

Gum Disease

Unfortunately, most people do not realize that their gums are not supposed to bleed when you brush and floss your teeth. If your gums do tend to bleed, you probably have gum disease, or you are on your way to getting gum disease. Gingivitis is the milder form of gum disease that makes your gums red, swollen and quick to bleed. More than half of Americans have gingivitis.

Tooth Loss

People who skip between brushing are also more likely to loose teeth. Adults 20 to 64 have lost an average of seven permanent teeth and ten percent of Americans between 50 and 64 have no teeth left at all.

Dementia

British scientists recently discovered signs of gingivitis in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. This is because the presence of this bacterium in the mouth can cause inflation in the brain.

Brain Abscess

Brain abscesses are often caused by a bacterial infection. An abscess is a collection of pus, with swelling and inflammation around it. In the brain, it is fatal if left untreated. At least 12 reports of brain abscess have pointed to poor dental hygiene as the probable cause.