Good oral hygiene will not only give you a healthy smile and fresh breath; it may reduce your chances of heart disease. Surprised? Studies have found that people who have periodontal disease -- gingivitis and periodontitis -- have double the risk of a condition called atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of arteries. Flossing, in particular, will remove more than just stray poppy seeds; it also removes plaque that causes gum disease, inflammation and tooth decay.
Oral health care providers recommend we floss at least once a day, yet almost half of Americans don't -- in fact, 10 percent don't floss at all [source: Freeman]. For spot-on technique, floss up and down between all teeth, making a C on the side of every tooth. Be sure you get below the gumline where plaque can hide.