Ron Nourian DDS
Ron Nourian DDS

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Is Not Flossing Making You Sick?

When you’re visiting our dentist in Sherman Oaks for your checkup, there’s a good chance that we’ll talk to you about the importance of flossing.

Flossing isn’t just important to prevent tooth decay or gum disease; it may also have an impact on your overall health.

How it Happens

If you don’t floss, bacterial plaque will collect and deposit itself under the gumlines, inside of the gingival “pockets.” A toothbrush can’t reach these areas. When they’re left alone, the body’s immune response begins attacking the bacteria inside of them.

Gradually, the gums become inflamed (gingivitis) and start detaching from the teeth (periodontal disease) causing bone loss and ultimately tooth mobility.

Further, the bacterial plaque can then enter into the bloodstream because of the bleeding and tissue detachment in the area and cause further health problems.

We’re Not Exaggerating

Scientific research has shown that oral plaque biofilm can spread through the cardiovascular system, lodging itself within arterial walls, the heart, and even the brain. It’s been found in these areas after heart attacks and strokes.

Uncontrolled plaque levels are also directly correlated with uncontrolled diabetes. Our highly experienced and reputable dentist in Sherman Oaks Dr. Ron Nourian, DDS can show you how flossing every day may actually make it easier for you to manage your blood sugar levels.

Gum infection is also proven to be or directly linked with health problems such as:

  • Pneumonia and respiratory diseases
  • Obesity
  • Sleep apnea
  • Premature labor in pregnant women
  • Low birth weights in infants
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fertility problems

Adding rigorous flossing to your daily hygiene routine can boost your immune system and eliminate unnecessary inflammatory responses inside of your body. When your body doesn’t have to work as hard to manage your oral infection, it can function more efficiently when you’re dealing with other health problems.

If you’re not sure where to start, contact Ron Nourian, DDS at (818) 986-7531 or visit for further information.