How Flossing Regularly Adds Years To Your Life Expectancy
Real Age by Dr. Michael F. Roizen
How Much Time Does Flossing Add to Your Life?
We know that flossing daily helps to prevent gum disease. This fact is well known. What is not so well known is that flossing protects your heart. Flossing your teeth on a daily basis helps to prevent heart disease in two ways. Here they are: flossing your teeth daily helps to keep your gums from becoming inflamed. Inflamed gums are filled with bacteria. That bacteria circulates through your system and ends up in your arteries. The bacteria sort of just sticks there and plaque builds up causing clogged arteries. Also, as an automatic response, your body's gum inflammation cause an immune response to the inflammation. This automatic defense response may also cause your arteries to narrow. You brush your teeth daily, isn't that enough? No. Brushing cannot clean under the gum line. Only flossing cleans that area and it is gum disease that may lead to heart disease.
To prevent heart disease you need to floss. Just how many years can you add to your life expectancy by flossing your teeth and caring for your gums? Opinions vary. According to Dr. Michael F. Roizen, in his book Real Age , flossing may add over six years to your lifespan. He says that flossing helps to keep your arteries young because it keeps bacteria that causes inflammation from initiating an immune system response. Inflammation is the result of a tiggered immune system. It is inflammation that causes the swelling in your arteries. The swelling, in turn leads to a higher risk of cardivascular disease.
Other doctors don't agree on the amount of time that flossing can add to your life. They do agree, however, that flossing does contribute health benefits that relate to longevity. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent, states "flossing can add a year to your life – a whole year – just by adding a few minutes to your daily routine." Doctor Oz who is well known for his television show on ABC, agrees with Dr. Roizen by stating that a six year increase on your life is possible with the addition of a daily oral health care routine which includes flossing.
Whether it is one year or six, the benefits of flossing are great and it only takes minutes to squeeze a flossing routine into your health care habits. Flossing daily helps to keep your teeth white, an added benefit. Follow these guidelines when flossing to add years to your life.
Flossing Guidelines Recommended by The American Dental Association
It does not matter if you use waxed floss, unwaxed, flavored, or spongy floss. These guidelines apply to all floss types as well as electric flossing tools and hand held flossers. You can start from the bottom and work your way to your top teeth or vice versa. Direction does not matter. Flossing daily is what really counts. Flossing around dental work is important. Floss thouroughly but gently.
- Wind 18 inches of floss around middle fingers of each hand. Hold the floss between thumbs and index fingers, leaving a two inch space in between. Thumbs help to guide the floss through upper teeth.
- Keep the two inch length of floss tight between your fingers. Fingers help to move the floss between the lower teeth and through gum line.
- Gently glide and guide the floss between your teeth by using a criss cross motion. Snapping or harsh pulls on the floss can cause bleeding. Run the floss around the sides of the teeth for thourough cleaning.
- Make sure to slide the floss up and down against the surface of your teeth and under the gum line. Move the length of floss through your fingers as you floss so that you always have a clean piece of floss to clean each tooth.
Dr. Lawrence Spindel Explains Proper Flossing
Healthy Places to Visit
- Chocolate and Yoga
Many foods have antioxidant properties or compounds that naturally improve well being. Proper diet along with exercise keeps a body strong and healthy. Let's examine natural health.
- 5 Tips for Adding Greens in Your Diet - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com
In today's fast paced world, eating green vegetables can prove challenging. It is easy to opt for take out after working hard all day. Even in a fast paced world, one can consume green vegetables daily if given easy alternatives.
- Virgin Coconut Oil for Skin
Virgin coconut oil has amazing properties for skin, hair and body. It is inexpensive and easy to use. Learn how.
- The Best Vegetables to Use for Juicing - InfoBarrel
The best vegetables to use in a juicing machine are organic. Some vegetables are just better overall because of their vitamin and mineral content. What vegetables produce the healthiest juice? There are several and this article will discuss them
- How to Remove Unwanted Chin and Facial Hair With Natural Remedies
Do not put chemicals on your face to remove facial hair or chin hair! Chemicals can burn and cause severe irritation! Use natural ingredients to remove stubborn hair growth. These natural remedies are easy and have antioxidants and vitamins
More by this Author
Do not just exfoliate your face. Body brushing or whole body exfoliating can help remove dead skin cells and toxin build up. This easy to follow regimine will help to improve your skin in no time.
Is being born with two different colored eyes that rare? Can your eyes change color naturally? Interesting that two different colored eyes can be a birthmark which is harmless or happen after birth. Find out why this...
Melted vintage popcorn plastic decorations are popular from the late 1960's and 1970's. The melted popcorn plastic decorations are very fun and popular to collect. Some melted popcorn plastic figures are more...