How Flossing Is Linked to Overall Health
Daily flossing helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, and even erectile dysfunction.
Turns out your smile tells the world a lot about you -- not just your dental health, but your overall health, too. If you neglect your gums and pearly whites, heart problems, diabetes, and (guys!) even erectile dysfunction may not be far behind. (Here's another easy way to prevent erectile dysfunction.)
What's the link? If you don’t regularly brush and floss, tartar builds up on your teeth and irritates your gums. This bacteria-loving tartar turns to plaque, triggering body-wide inflammation. Next, LDL cholesterol-related plaque builds up in your arteries -- doubling your risk of heart disease.
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Preventing gum disease is key to a healthier life and a younger RealAge, so brush for 2 minutes at least twice a day, and floss daily. Here's how to floss:
- Slide the floss under your gum line and gently curl it around each tooth. Gums bleeding? Keep flossing. It will make them stronger.
- Each time you insert the floss between teeth, make sure to use a fresh part of the floss.
- Find it hard to floss? Get dental-floss picks or holders.
Inspect your smile to keep your mouth and body healthy.