Health Facts

The Oral-Systemic Link to Heart Disease, Diabetes, Alzheimer's and More

Surprising Connections In recent years research has found surprising connections between oral disease and other systemic diseases such as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. This has become known as the “oral-systemic link.” It was found, for example, that up to 91% of all patients with heart disease have periodontitis. The medical community is only now beginning to recognize the importance of good oral hygiene to overall health.

The Chain of Events Leading to Dental & Systemic Disease

  • It all begins with the formation of
  • PLAQUE: which turns into
  • TATAR: which houses and protects
  • BACTERIA: which create
  • ACIDS & TOXINS: which cause
  • GINGIVITIS: and leads to
  • PERIODONTITIS: which results in the
  • DISSOLVING: of bone tissue and ligaments

It is now known that these bacteria not only lead to periodontal problems but are also associated with many systemic diseases. They enter the bloodstream through diseased gums.

Preventing gingivitis and periodontitis and breaking the oral systemic link is simple: stop plaque from forming and strengthen gums. Flossing is good, ShowerFlossing is unbeatable. The powerful stream of water dilutes and flushes plaque away. It also massages and strengthens gums, closing the gaps between teeth and gums that can trap bacteria. And because it is in the shower you will use it!

PlaquePLAQUE. A sticky, substance of bacterial colonies that form continuously. If not removed, plaque will harden into tarter—a cement like substance.

TartarTARTAR. Builds on itself and promotes more plaque growth that protects the invading bacteria. Flossing will not remove tartar; only professional cleaning can scrape it away.

Acids and Toxins ACIDS / TOXINS. Irritate and cause bleeding gums. In advanced stages, they attack bone, dissolving it away, never to return.

FoodFOOD. Their starches and sugars react with bacteria to form acids and toxins. These powerful compounds create cavities and cause gum and bone disease.

Periodontal LigamentsPERIODONTAL LIGAMENTS. Fibers that attach teeth to gums and bone. The acids and toxins created by bacteria destroy these fibers, causing the gums to pull away from the bone creating pockets and loosening teeth.

Dry MouthDRY MOUTH. Invites plaque formation and has no defense against the ravages of bacteria. Irrigation is a must when there is a lack of normal saliva flow.


I have found that water irrigation as an adjunct to routine brushing and flossing can be a significant factor in maintaining periodontal health. For many, flossing is problematic, and for patients with periodontal compromises, flossing subgingivally has its limitations. The ShowerFloss is the most economical and practical way to use water irrigation as a way to enhance dental and periodontal health.
- John Y Kwan DDS, Oakland, CA - Diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology

So, now we now what causes periodontal disease and we have all heard how to prevent it, but...we just don't do it.

The Dental Profession now emphasizes soft tissue management or periodontal therapy procedures, which deal primarily with reducing the amount of toxic bacteria. This includes non-surgical periodontal treatment of gums along with effective home care. Oral irrigation is one the most effective means.

Oral Irrigators, with pressurized fluid forced between teeth, along gum lines and down into pockets, effectively dilute and reduce plaque. This inhibits the ability of bacteria and toxins to destroy teeth, gums and bone.

ShowerFloss is the ultimate flossing device. It is convenient, effective and affordable with no mess. It will not harm the gums. With excellent massaging action it flushes out pockets of any depth. Shower location makes it conducive to DAILY use. And that, of course, is the KEY to good dental health.

The most common dental problems (and the resulting expenses) are preventable with an investment of just $29.95. It only makes sense.


Control Plaque before trouble starts!

ShowerFloss is the Ultimate Flossing Device

REDUCE BACTERIA and gums will begin to heal themselves. The massaging action of water dilutes and flushes toxic plaque from pockets and other areas that string floss and toothbrushes cannot reach. This stimulates gums and increases blood flow to further promote healing.

Sensitivity is Not a Problem

Our adjustable temperature and pressure is an exclusive ShowerFloss feature. Some sensitivity and bleeding may occur at first but quickly diminishes, and pressure can be gradually increased.

Flossing in the Shower is Convenient

The shower location makes it conducive to daily use. And that, of course, is the key to good dental health. The thousands of dentists who recommend ShowerFloss know that if it’s in the shower patients will use it! And the results can be dramatic.

ShowerFloss is Effective

PLAQUE, with over 200 identified types of bacteria, is the main cause of periodontal disease. It forms continuously and needs to be removed daily. Most destruction occurs below the gum line, often going undetected in early stages.

TWO BASIC TYPES OF PLAQUE are found in the mouth:

  1. Attached Plaque (AP) found above the gum lines is by far the least toxic.
  2. Loosely Attached Plaque (LAP) found below the gum lines contains up to 60 times the concentration of toxins seen in AP. Spirochetes are corkscrew shaped bacteria found in LAP and are the center of periodontal disease activity. Fortunately, LAP with its high concentration of toxic bacteria, is easily diluted and reduced with irrigation. ShowerFloss is very effective in flushing LAP from sub-gingival areas where string floss is useless.

Oral irrigation stops plaque from forming and eliminates the major cause of destructive diseases of the gums. It also prevents bacteria from entering the bloodstream that can cause a host of systemic diseases. Oral irrigation in the shower means you will floss on a regular basis. There are no excuses!

ShowerFloss is Practical

PATIENT COMPLIANCE with traditional floss is extremely poor. Most people do not floss regularly. Some reasons cited are: a handicap, lack of dexterity, arthritis, large hands, a small mouth, tight teeth and universal dislike for using string floss.

NON-FLOSSERS have demonstrated just how far they will go to avoid flossing. They have even turned to products claiming to chemically remove plaque. These mouth rinses are not effective between teeth and below the gum line.

STRING-FLOSS is dreaded by most and difficult to handle. It does not massage gums and must be threaded under bridges. It cuts gums, catches in teeth, may loosen fillings and is unable to reach irregular tooth surfaces or down in pockets.

ShowerFloss is a practical answer for anyone with flossing difficulties.

Simple, Universal, Essential and Affordable

ShowerFloss is one of those products that makes people think, "What a great idea!" As long as people take showers, there will always be a need for ShowerFloss. It is so affordable, and the potential health benefits so enormous, that ShowerFloss should be in every shower! Can you afford to not ShowerFloss?

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