Most people know that good oral hygiene—brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits—is linked to good health. Researchers have offered fresh evidence to support that conventional wisdom, by taking a close look at invisible communities of microbes that live in every mouth.
The study grouped people by those who flossed and those who did not. Participants who flossed were found to have lower microbial diversity in their mouths than non-flossers.
Adults who had gone to a dentist in the last three months had lower overall microbial diversity in their mouths than those who hadn’t gone in 12 months or longer.
Children considered obese according to their body mass indices had distinct micro-organisms as compared to non-obese children. The researchers saw a possible link between childhood obesity and periodontal disease.
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