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When People Don’t Floss, It’s Their Loss 1 Every day people are inundated with ways to become healthier. They may be told to put on sunscreen before they go outdoors. Or they may be advised to give up the things they love like sweets, alcohol, or smoking. Others might try to spend thirty minutes a day running on a treadmill. On the other hand, some people are too busy to focus on their health or may feel constrained by many health guidelines. However, there is one simple activity that only takes two minutes out of each day and according to Tomas Perls, M.D., who created a formula to calculate how long a person can live based on habits, can help extend a person’s life by four years (McCafferty, 2007). This practice, flossing, is necessary because it affects most Americans, is beneficial to the health because it prevents many diseases, and easy to commit to habit. Flossing is necessary because there are a great number people who have oral afflictions that can be prevented with flossing. Patrick Perry (2007) interviewed the periodontist, Dr. Thomas Rams, in the article, “Taking the bite out of gum disease,” for the Saturday Evening Post. Dr. Rams reported that nearly 80 % of American adults suffer from some form of periodontal disease (para. 2). To put that into perspective, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the United States population is over 300 million people. This indicates that over 240 million Americans have some form of periodontal disease (2008). To explain, Janet Torpy, MD, and Alison Burke (2008), authors of “Periodontal disease” wrote that periodontal disease is a general term that refers to a disease of the gums and teeth that can be prevented with brushing and flossing. Brushing and flossing removes bacteria and the plaque that hardens into tartar that cause the disease. Gingivitis is the disease of the gums, while periodontitis is a periodontal disease that causes unhealthy gums and the loss of teeth (Thorpy and Burke, 2008). In fact, periodontal disease is the leading cause of teeth loss, according to Biesbrock and colleagues (2006). There is obviously a great need for people to take up flossing
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When People Don’t Floss, It’s Their Loss 2 daily because periodontal disease affects a staggering amount of people. Flossing is satisfying because not only does it prevent periodontal disease, but it prevents many other diseases or health problems. Studies show that there may be a relation between periodontal disease and other diseases such as diabetes, pancreatic cancer, and babies born underweight (Perry, 2007). The main disease flossing helps to prevent is heart disease, which is reported as the number one killer of men and women in the United States on the Centers for Disease Control website (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008). The American Academy of Periodontology described a study by Howard University that linked heart disease to periodontal disease in their article. The scientists examined the amount of bacteria in the
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