Daily flossing can help your heart as much as your teeth, say experts
We know the drill: you're too tired before bed, your gums bleed and hurt, or you just don't see the point. But forgetting - or refusing - to floss doesn't only affect the appearance of your pearly whites. It can also increase your risk of stroke by up to 60%. A Japanese study has found those treated for stroke in their 50s and 60s had significantly fewer teeth thanks to poor oral hygiene in their younger years. Researchers have linked this tooth loss to increased stoke risk because oral bacteria from the teeth can contribute to the furring up and narrowing of artery walls. The bacteria can also attach fatty deposits to the arteries, leading to blood clots.
ZEST says: It may seem vain, but a white Hollywood smile is a major indicator of health, and keeping yours in tip top shape doesn't take much work. Brushing for two minutes at least twice a day, flossing before bed and even using a dentist-approved mouthwash can significantly reduce your risk of gum and heart disease. Gum disease and gingivitis, or inflamed gums, which cause bleeding and tenderness, are extremely preventable with the right approach. Just like you wouldn't consider taking up smoking to protect your health, it may be time to stop skipping the floss.
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