Can Flossing Extend Your Life Expectancy?

There are many healthy habits people can maintain to extend their life expectancy: exercising, eating well, staying social…flossing?

According to, daily flossing helps you live longer and is one of those weird-but-true facts that is not so obvious. Think about it: Flossing prevents gum disease, and having good oral health lowers your risk for heart disease. And there lies the answer: By preventing heart disease through good oral health, you are extending your life.

How Is Your Oral Health Connected to Heart Disease?

If you don’t floss, your gums will likely become inflamed from the plaque that isn’t getting removed. This will cause a chronic bacterial infect (known as gum disease) and this bacteria can find its way into your arteries. The result from this is plaques that leads to further inflammation, thus causing your arteries to narrow and boom: heart disease.

Mark Stibich, PhD explains further:“There is some debate about how many years you can gain with heart disease. Dr. Perls says 1.5 years, while Dr. Roizen says 6 years. Both of these doctors are gerontologists (aging docs) and have popular books on aging and life expectancy (see reviews: Living To 100, RealAge and You! Staying Young). Who is right? It doesn’t matter. Flossing is good for your gums and good for your heart, so we should all just do it.”

Fluoride, Floss, and Dental Check-Ups

Take good care of your oral health and your body will thank you. Flossing, using a fluoride toothpaste, and seeing Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry for regular dental check-ups and professional teeth cleanings will keep your health in good shape.

If you have any questions about how we can help you improve your oral health, don’t hesitate, call us today! We want to make sure you and your family enjoy a lifetime of happy and healthy smiles.

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