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Floss your way fit?

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By Jasmine Moir for

It may not sculpt your abs like a ViPR workout or flush your system like a juice cleanse, but the decidedly unsexy act of flossing your teeth could be the smartest thing you do for your body today.

Dentists have been urging us all to floss since our very first cleanings, of course, but medical findings offer the most persuasive argument yet. Put simply: Would you be more inclined to floss if you knew it might help you lose weight? “I know, I know, people are thinking, ‘here’s another dentist giving me another reason why I should be flossing,’’ says Mark Burhenne, D.D.S., who founded oral health resource site Ask the Dentist. “But it’s true. It’s not about the calories burned flossing but what happens when your body is in a state of inflammation.” Statistics show that 70 to 80 percent of the American population has some form of gingivitis, which is essentially inflammation (or irritation) of the gums. Think of the mouth as the gasket to your body’s motor, says Burhenne: Because it’s constantly open and susceptible to bacteria and debris, it’s essential that the space between gums and teeth remains sealed and healthy.

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