Brushing & Flossing...And Live Longer?

Brushing, Flossing, Regular Dental Visits Among “Tips To Live Longer.”

Eat This Not That (12/28, Gagnon) states that although bodies may change with age, “the steps we need to take to lead a longer, healthier life remain the same.” The article lists 35 “tips to live longer,” which include brushing teeth twice a day for two minutes, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist regularly. “It’s important to keep your teeth clean and remove plaque and bacteria by brushing and flossing daily,” says Dr. Edmond Hewlett, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association and professor at the UCLA School of Dentistry. “The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day for two minutes.” In addition, “Flossing is just as important as brushing,” says Dr. Hewlett, “and you should do it once per day.” Dr. Hewlett also explains the importance of regular dental visits, stating “you need to have that professional person who cares about your oral health to make sure you’re doing it right and to catch things early if something isn’t going right.”

        MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on brushing teeth and resources for patients on flossing, including the correct flossing technique.