I had my routine cleaning the other day and the hygienist was quite chatty. She told me a few things that make me glad we spend boo-coo bucks to take the fam sans insurance to the dentist twice a year:
1. The health of our teeth and the health of our bodies are directly related. Untreated dental problems can lead to all sorts of other ailments--something about blood and oxygen circulation.
2. The bacteria found under the gums of someone with gingivitis is the same bacteria found in the brain of Alzheimer's patients when autopsied.
3. People who floss daily live 7 years longer than those who don't.