In its “Eat + Run” blog, U.S. News & World Report (6/12, Hausenblas) includes flossing among four simple habits that may help people live longer. The article states that daily flossing helps prevent gum disease by removing plaque and bacteria trapped between teeth, and it may help reduce the risk of heart disease by decreasing low-grade inflammation. The article adds that “the American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to get rid of plaque in areas between the teeth that are difficult or impossible to reach with a toothbrush.” The article also recommends smiling, improving posture, and washing hands to promote overall health.

MouthHealthy.org provides resources for patients on flossing, including the correct flossing technique. MouthHealthy.org also provides information on gum disease and heart disease and oral health.