How can flossing reduce aging?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Flossing is good for more than your gums! In this video, Michael Roizen, MD, chief wellness officer for the Cleveland Clinic explains how this simple act can affect your overall health.
Flossing may not turn back the clock in terms of years, but it can extend the life of your teeth. Just 60 years ago, it was an assumption that as we age we would lose our natural teeth. But, that’s not the case for today’s older adults who are keeping their natural teeth longer than ever before. A healthy mouth and teeth help you look good, eat delicious and nutritious foods, and speak clearly and confidently. Being mouth healthy is essential for good quality of life.
There is no real way to reverse the aging process, but some lifestyle habits, like flossing, may help prevent some of the diseases that can cause premature death, including heart disease and cancer. For example, studies suggest that oral bacteria can lead to inflammation that spreads beyond your mouth and into your blood vessels, where it can trigger heart disease. People with gum disease are at higher risk of some forms of cancer. By flossing daily, you may be lowering your risk for heart disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, and possibly cancer, which means that you can spend your golden years taking vacations instead of taking pills.

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