Research carried out in the US has pointed to a link between regularly flossing and improvements in memory.
ABC Local reported that gum disease could be a contributory factor to mental decline in old age and, as such, maintaining a good oral health routine and flossing daily could significantly improve a person’s memory as they get older.
“Researchers looked at a group of men and women over age 60 and what they found was that those who scored lowest on tests of math and memory had been exposed to greater amounts of bacteria that are known to cause gum disease,” commented Jenny Cook, executive editor of Good Housekeeping magazine.
Elsewhere, Dentistry IQ reported that Chicago periodontist Dr Robert Pick has claimed that individuals worried about their oral health should ensure they floss regularly.
He said that poor oral health is a contributory factor to cardiovascular disease and this accounts for the deaths of more than 2,400 people per day.