Sure, we’re all aware that flossing keeps your teeth safe from cavities and your gums clear of gingivitis and decay. However, that clear little spool of floss does more than keep the spinach out of your smile—it can protect your heart, your joints, and even help you lose weight.
Here are eight flossing benefits that you’ve probably never associated with your health…
1. Improves Immunity
Did you know that flossing can actually protect you from germs and infection—beyond the gum line? It’s true; if excess bacteria accumulate on the teeth and gums, it can quickly travel through your throat to other parts of your body, such as the lungs, causing a severe case of chronic asthma or pneumonia. So if you’re prone to upper respiratory infections, like bronchitis, you best be vigilant with your oral health.