You know the importance of daily flossing in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy. But did you know that regular flossing could extend your life by more than six years? That’s right- six years added to your life! You see, the bacteria that flourish in your mouth lead to tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. These same bugs also set up an immune response that attacks your arteries. This can lead to wrinkles, diminished sexual response and even heart disease.
It takes about 24 hours for the bugs in your mouth to set up shop. No amount of brushing will get all of them, especially those between your teeth and along your gum lines. So, if you want to keep your teeth and live a longer, healthier life, get into the habit of flossing everyday. It doesn’t matter if you floss before or after brushing, and there is no advantage in using waxed, unwaxed or tape floss.