Several large scale research studies have demonstrated a correlation between healthy gums and a healthy heart. Researchers are still examining the exact relationship between gum disease and heart disease, but think inflammation may be at the heart of the problem (pardon the pun.) Untreated gingivitis (gum disease) can lead to chronic inflammation of the gums. Inflammation in any part of the body is an established cause of arterial plaque build up and artery clogging.

The doctors at www.RealAge.com, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen, have created a “Real Age” tool which allows you to figure out the “real age” of your body by examining the impact that lifestyle and health choices have on your longevity. This test claims that flossing everyday can make your “real age” six years younger.