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10 Health No-Nos: Do You Do Any of These?

You know you should floss daily, eat your breakfast and skip soda in favor of water. (Right?) But just how bad are some of the top health sins? Because no one can be a picture of perfect health all the time (right???), we investigated some of the top health no-nos to see just how bad they really are. Is adding sugar to your coffee a minor offense? Is skipping stretching a health misdemeanor? Is not flossing a felony-level wellness offense? We dug around to see what the experts say about just how bad these 10 bad-for-you behaviors are, and what they actually recommend for better health.

Do you floss regularly? Credit: D Sharon Pruitt

Do you floss regularly? Avoid these health no-nos! Credit: D Sharon Pruitt

Not Flossing Your Teeth

You might never forget to brush your teeth but flossing? Well, sometimes you just overlook flossing when you’re feeling a little lazy or when you’re pressed for time. While it was once thought that gum disease increased risk for cardiovascular diseases, that no longer appears to be the case. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take good care of your teeth. Flossing is important to remove plaque from between the teeth, and it also helps prevent gum disease and cavities. And just because you brush regularly doesn’t mean you should skip the floss. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day for optimal oral health, so pick a time you’re most likely to have a spare minute and commit. Floss before bed so you go to bed with a clean mouth.

Offense Level: Minor. While daily flossing is ideal, don’t lose sleep if you miss a day. Brush well and make sure you get in there the next day.

Read on to see if you commit any of the other health sins — and find out if you should spend time in health jail!Erin

 

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  1. People should really commit to daily flossing. It’s an integral part of proper oral care, after all.

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