Floss your pearly whites to prevent athritis

Not flossing may be raising your risk of arthritis. Periodontal disease – an advanced case of gingivitis – and the bacteria responsible, are linked to rheumatoid arthritis.

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Scientists from the European Union’s Gums and Joints project found the bacterium responsible for gum disease increased the severity of arthritis by resulting in the earlier onset and greater bone and cartilage destruction. Um, no thanks.

Bleeding gums or bad breath are signs it’s time to drop into your dentist for a proper clean. Regular brushing and flossing are the best methods to keep your teeth in tip-top shape, preventing gingivitis. Phew.

Photographer, Titus Pengelly

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Ashleigh Perriott
Journo and health nerd, Ashleigh grew up in an active, health conscious family, spending most of her childhood at Little Athletics Events. Passionate about living life to it’s fullest she loves early mornings in the gym and hiking when she can sweet talk a friend into joining her. Ashleigh has a Bachelor of Communications - Journalism from Charles Sturt University and has been published in Handyman Magazine, Women’s Health Magazine and Australian Healthy Food Guide.