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How Flossing Can Make You Live Longer


How Flossing Can Make You Live Longer

It has been proven that proper dental hygiene can extend your life. Daily flossing lowers the bacteria count that exists in your mouth. Increased bacteria levels can lead to inflammation of your gums, this inflammation is shown by puffy gums that bleed easily. When gums become puffy they pull away from the teeth surrounding them which provides an ideal area for bacteria and debris to gather. Eventually this can lead to infection if not properly taken care of. A few minutes spent flossing each day can control the inflammation of gums, bad breath, and premature loss of teeth.

The bacteria that originates in your mouth can have harmful side effects to other major organs in your body, even your heart. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Research has shown that individuals with gum disease are nearly two times more likely to suffer from heart disease than those without any gum related health issues.

Are you a regular flosser? It’s been estimated that only 5-10% of Americans are. To become a regular flosser you only need to floss once per day for about 90 seconds. By not flossing everyday this allows plaque to grow rapidly leading to cavities and other gum disease.  Uncontrolled gum disease can result in a 23%-46% higher death rate from long term health issues. Having a longer life has more to do with how you take care of your overall health than just good genes or luck.

It only takes 21 days to develop a new habit or routine in your lifestyle. We challenge you to make flossing a part of your daily routine. Flossing is one of the easiest things you can do every single day to improve your overall health. If you are unsure on how to floss properly you can always ask the professionals here at Olympus View Dental. Remember you only need to floss the teeth you want to keep!

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