Floss Your Teeth #bebetter52
Who can forget the scene in Pretty Woman when Edward suspects Vivian is doing drugs in his bathroom, but discovers, to his chagrin, she is hiding something far less sinister behind her back?
“Yeah? So? I had all those strawberry seeds. And you shouldn't neglect your gums.”
This week’s #bebetter52 challenge: Floss! We all know we should do it, but we often fail to complete this quick task. In fact, twenty percent of Americans never floss. Even among those who claim to floss, twenty-seven percent are lying. We recommend you pick up the ol’ thread and aim to floss once a day this week.
Flossing keeps your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. In a study with twins, flossing significantly decreased the abundance of microbial species associated with periodontal disease. As part of a regular dental routine, flossing can improve bad breath, reduce dental care costs down the road, and even prevent more serious disease. Bacteria that flourish in an unhealthy mouth can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory illness. Incorporating flossing into your morning routine is a quick way to prevent disease and increase longevity. In a study conducted by the Ameican Dental Association, people would rather clean the toilet, do their taxes, and listen to a child crying on a plane than floss. It’s bad, but it’s not that bad! Considering the multitude of health benefits, we think altering one’s mindset about flossing is all that’s required to start a clean mouth revolution. Snap a pic of your gorgeous smile with the #cleanmouthrevolution to launch America’s new obsession: flossing.