How’s your flossing game these days, fam?
A buddy recently sent over a cool article about the insane ways that flossing improves health and longevity. Simple daily practices that increase our health are pretty much the BFrank call to arms, so I’m bringing it to you guys today (after some fact checking and research that continued to blow my mind).
If you’re like me, maybe you floss because it’s become a habit and you like saving money on cavities.
But you’re also like me if you didn’t know the following bizarre facts about flossing...
- Flossing may have a positive impact on blood sugar and help with glycemic control.
- A positive association has been discovered between higher body composition & periodontitis (gum disease).
- A study reviewing the relationship between gum disease & arthritis found the same plaque bacteria in both areas.
- Hormone imbalances can more easily occur with poor oral health - creating a more hospitable environment for bacteria to grow and enter the bloodstream.
- According to a paper published in Journal of Periodontology, gum disease was seven times more common in men with erectile dysfunction than their counterparts.
- Researchers at Hiroshima University have calculated those with fewer than 24 of their own teeth (adults should have 32) are 60 percent more likely to suffer a stroke.
- That bi-annual cleaning at your dentist can lower your risk of heart attack by 24 percent and stroke by 13 percent
I mean guys, how wild is that!
TAKEAWAY: Get between them chompers every day. Those single use flossers are as easy as it gets and how much simpler could it be to extend our quality of life?