Only four out of 10 Americans floss at least once a day, and 20 percent never floss.
Did you know that oral health is connected to many other health conditions, including heart disease?
If you want to prevent heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems, make sure to floss regularly.
If you need more reasons why to floss, here they are:
- Inside our mouths are 300-500 bacterial species! If you don’t want your mouth to be playing host to as much bacteria as your intestines, pay attention to flossing. For more motivation, check out pictures of some of this bacteria.
- If you’ve gone some time without flossing, you can bet there are a few unpleasant things building up in that mouth of yours. Food particles between your teeth, germs, and a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. The worst of these is the plaque, however, as it can build up and make you susceptible to a whole host of health issues.
- You’ll have bad breath if you don’t floss. Give those pearly whites a floss, and that bad breath may just disappear.
- Tooth decay occurs when food particles, such as sugars and carbohydrates, are left on the teeth. No flossing = guaranteed cavities.
- Gum recession can be kind of sneaky. In fact, you might not even notice it as first. But take a sip of an icy beverage, or hot tea, and you might feel pangs of pain near your teeth. One way to prevent this: flossing.
- Improving oral hygiene — through some methods beyond brushing and flossing in this case — reduced the incidence of such pneomonia by 40 percent.
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