Personal Challenge #7: Floss Like Your Life Depends on It
Researchers found that people with gum disease were two-and-a-half times more likely than those with healthy gums to experience a medical “event” related to heart disease.
This challenge is to floss everyday for two weeks. You know you should. You remember all the things that your dentist tells you with every visit. You want to grow old with your teeth. It isn’t hard. It doesn’t take long. So, why not?
Now for the clarification on that “two-and-a-half times more likely to have a heart attack” statistic: Statistics lie. Although there are several theories that could explain a causal link. In truth, many of the risk factors for heart disease and the risk factors for gum disease are the same. When you try to factor out these common risk factors out of the data, there is not enough correlation in these studies’ sample sizes to confirm causality.