A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #13: Floss to Benefit Your Whole Body

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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.

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?

7 thoughts on “A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #13: Floss to Benefit Your Whole Body

  1. I am actually madly in love with my water pick. I have been using it for a year now, and at my last 2 dentist appointments, the dentist told me that people who regularly use a water pick, really don’t need to come in for cleanings very often. She said I can come in once every couple of years for a check up.
    I also take fermented cod liver oil daily and have had 2 cavities remineralize by themselves. How cool is that?!

    1. Wow, that is fascinating about the cod liver oil! o.0

      I’ve considered a water pick but I’m stuck on old-fashioned floss. Maybe someday I’ll try one. That’s great info!

  2. Ok, on my way to floss now. I definitely have to get in a better routine! I do like floss picks that come in a bundle. Great for on the go!

  3. Thanks for all the info…I should floss more often. I try and do it once and day but sometimes I just forget!!! I use unflavoured floss and always do it after I brush my teeth but before mouthwash.

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