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5 Steps That Can Help You Live Longer

Floss Daily

Here's a tip you might not have heard: Good oral hygiene means more than just reducing your risk of tooth loss; it also has a positive effect on your overall health. In particular, flossing.

Tooth brushing, while important, can't remove the bacteria that hides between your teeth. Flossing removes both plaque and bacteria, which if left behind can lead to gum disease.

Gum disease is an infection and a disease linked to inflammation in the body. It's thought to be associated with other chronic inflammatory diseases including cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. By treating gum disease and maintaining a healthy mouth, you may reduce your risk of developing, or reduce the symptoms of, other inflammatory illnesses.

For best results, floss at least once a day.