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Flossing Can Add 6 Years to Your Life


Young woman flossing her teeth

You have a been a faithful dental patient. You get your teeth examined by your Tacoma dentist, Dr. Duke Bui, and teeth cleaned by Laura, the hygienist, at least two times a year. The last thing you always hear from Laura as you hurriedly jump out of your chair is "Brush your teeth twice a day and remember to floss!" But have you ever wondered why it is so important?

In his book, "The Real Age Makeover," Dr. Michael Roizen, a frequent guest on the Opera Winfrey Show, found that flossing alone can add 6 years to your life.

We all know that bacteria in the mouth can lead to gum disease. The same bacteria in the mouth can enter into the bloodstream and cause plaque build-up and eventually heart disease. So keep this perspective in mind when Laura reminds you to brush and floss.

Here's a quick, basic reminder from the American Dental Association (ADA) regarding oral hygiene:

  1. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

  2. Floss daily.

  3. Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months.

  4. Eat a balanced diet and avoid (or limit) snacking.

  5. See your dentist and hygienist at least two times per year for exam and cleaning.

  6. So how about it? Want to add an extra six years to your life? Brush and floss daily!

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