If you’re one of the 40 percent of women who confess to cutting corners on their dental hygiene, know that you may be harming your heart as well as your grin. A new study in the British Medical Journal found that people who brushed their teeth twice a day were 30 percent less likely to develop heart disease than those who did do only once. Even minor gum inflammation may take a toll on your arteries, say experts. Set aside those five minutes to smile pretty now and for decades down the road.
–Shape.com, September 2010