Thursday, November 13, 2014

Floss your way to a longer life

In Time Magazine's recently published "16 Unexpected Ways to Add Years to Your Life,” flossing daily was included as one of the habits for a longer, healthier life. How could this be? 

Flossing removes plaque and bacteria between the teeth, where your toothbrush cannot reach, preventing tartar buildup and gum disease. The low-grade inflammation caused by gum disease has been linked to cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke by some studies. 

Can't I just use mouthwash? 
Nothing beats the mechanical removal of plaque between the teeth by floss or special dental toothpicks. Simply using a mouthwash will not cut it. Here's a suitable analogy: 

Cook scrambled eggs on a non-stick skillet. No amount of rinsing will clean the pan. You have to SCRUB! Floss acts like that scrub on your teeth. 

Looking to get into the flossing habit? Check out my post Become A Flosser in 21 Days

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