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Your Health

Flossing Can Save Your Life By Jacqueline Roman


t’s just past midnight and you’ve arrived home from a fantastic night out with friends at that trendy new restaurant in town. After all the excitement of the evening you’re probably feeling pretty drained and just want to head to the bathroom, give your teeth a cursory brush and tuck into bed. You may pass the floss a furtive glance out of the corner of your eye, but it just seems like too much effort and, after all, you did already brush your teeth. That’s good enough, right? Considering that some of the consequences of neglecting your

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flossing routine are gingivitis and its more aggressive counterpart periodontitis, brushing is definitely not good enough. While the task might seem tedious and (at the thought of digging plaque out of your mouth) off-putting, it has a bigger impact on both your health and appearance than you might suppose. Flossing can help prevent serious medical conditions such as gum disease and complications with diabetes, respiratory disease and heart disease. But it can also help prevent tooth discoloration, facial bone erosion and bad breath—all

detrimental not just to a person’s health, but overall look as well. Before delving into precisely how flossing can astronomically improve your health and appearance, let’s clear up some of the misconceptions about this misunderstood hygienic practice. People often presume that if food doesn’t get caught in between their teeth then there’s no need to floss, the logical fallacy being that flossing is only a vehicle for removing food debris. However, flossing is necessary in removing the dental plaque that collects on teeth in between cleaning. This harmful

Healthy Living Winter 2014  
Healthy Living Winter 2014