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The Flossery: Integrative Dentistry as a Roadmap to Total Body Wellness

Jan 31, 2024 09:31AM ● By Wendy Nadherny Fachon
The human body is a marvel of interconnected systems, where the well-being of one part often influences another with one example being heart health’s intimate connection to oral health. Research has shown compelling evidence of a correlation between gum disease and various cardiovascular conditions, shining a light on the crucial relationship between oral hygiene and heart health.

The Flossery, in Waltham, Massachusetts, is committed to uncovering the root causes of illness through integrative dental and health services that go beyond oral care. Yasmin Chebbi, DMD, FAGD, and her staff prioritize a holistic approach to health, acknowledging the intricate connections within the body. Their services extend to microbiome testing, specifically analyzing the microbes present in the mouth that could impact heart health.

“Your mouth can give a ‘snapshot’ to the rest of your body, from high blood pressure to nutritional deficiencies and even sleep apnea,” says Dr. Chebbi. “The mouth is also the entry point to the rest of the body. Having a healthy mouth with a balanced microbiome is the first step of total body health.”

Through targeted treatments aimed at maintaining a healthy oral microbiome, The Flossery strives to contribute to the overall well-being of their clients.

Poor oral health habits, such as infrequent brushing and neglecting flossing, can lead to the accumulation of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, on teeth. If left unchecked, this matter can irritate the gums, causing inflammation and eventually leading to gum disease, known as periodontitis. The concerning aspect is that the bacteria thriving in the oral cavity due to
periodontitis might enter the bloodstream, contributing to systemic inflammation, potentially affecting the cardiovascular system.

Scientific studies have highlighted that these oral bacteria may travel through the bloodstream, reaching the arteries in the heart. Once there, they can trigger inflammation and possibly contribute to the development of conditions like atherosclerosis, where arteries become narrowed due to the accumulation of plaque. Restriction of blood flow to the heart can potentially lead to heart attacks or strokes.

Understanding this correlation underscores the importance of not only regular brushing and flossing, but also maintaining routine dental check-ups. Furthermore, specialized treatments targeting the oral microbiome have gained attention for their potential to positively impact heart health.

By recognizing the significance of oral health in relation to heart health, individuals can take proactive steps to preserve both. The simple act of regular brushing, flossing and seeking professional dental care can potentially mitigate the risk of heart-related complications linked to poor oral hygiene. For those that still may suffer from poor oral health despite brushing and flossing, The Flossery’s integrative approach can help uncover the root cause of the problem and prevent future heart issues. Embracing a comprehensive approach to health can pave the way for a healthier heart and a brighter, more vibrant life.

Chebbi is the author of Eat, Sleep, Breathe Oral Health: Why Your Mouth Matters, five-star rated and available through Amazon. The practice offers the full range of holistic dental services, including SMART (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique), Functional Orthodontics and Regenerative Dentistry.

Location: 32 South St., Ste. 100, Waltham, MA. For more information or to make an appointment, call 781-894-0500 or visit

Wendy Nadherny Fachon is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine.