Tip #13: Floss to Benefit Your Whole Body
Now, everybody knows (don’t you?) that it’s essential to floss (and brush, of course!) your teeth twice a day. So I’m not going to harp on it and I’ll keep this post short 🙂
Today’s tip is a simple reminder that flossing is about more than dental health. Yes, we all know that getting rid of the gunk between your teeth helps to prevent bad breath, plaque buildup, and gum disease. Brushing is good, but flossing is excellent.
Protect Your Heart
Preventing plaque buildup can also help protect your heart, your blood, and your overall health and wellbeing. Extra plaque between your teeth can enter your bloodstream and build up in the arteries of your heart. If you’ve heard of plaque buildup in your arteries, it’s the same thing! Plaque is plaque, whether it’s in your mouth or your heart. Gross, huh?
Prevent or Reduce Inflammation
Additionally, when junk builds up in your mouth, you become more prone to cuts and minor oral infections. You might think that’s no big deal, but bodies work holistically. An infection in one part will increase inflammation everywhere, as your body works hard to heal the wound. Inflammation, especially chronic inflammation, is the root cause of many diseases and much dis-ease. Taking care of your mouth and making sure your gums aren’t inflamed because they’re neglected is one way to care for your whole body.
Simply remembering to floss twice a day can be an easy way to help prevent cardiovascular disease and reduce inflammation, making this a one of the simplest and most beneficial of the 52 tips so far 🙂
Stuff to Know:
If your gums bleed regularly or if you are prone to many mouth infections, even with twice-daily flossing, please see a dental care provider or a doctor. If you have any concerns about the state of your oral health, please consult with a professional.
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Questions for readers:
Do you usually floss before brushing, or brush before flossing?
Do you like “minty” or flavored floss, or unflavored? Waxed or unwaxed?