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10 Everyday Habits That Are Killing You

Surely you’re familiar with the laundry list of common vices that are hazardous to your health. You know Big Macs aren’t good for you, and you’re up to date on smoking’s harmful effects. But what about those habits that have become part of your everyday life? You know, the ones that don’t necessarily scream “I’m going to kill you,” but are actually putting your life at risk?

Here are 10 everyday habits that are killing you — and what you can do about it.

1. Skipping flossing

Toothbrush with toothpaste

Toothbrush with toothpaste Flossing get’s what your toothbrush missed. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

If your M.O. at the dentist is fibbing about how often you floss, it’s time to check those lies at the door. As you probably already know, regular flossing will help reduce your risk of developing gum disease. But CardioSmart highlights some of the research linking gum disease with heart disease as well. The American Academy of Periodontology says heart disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes are associated with periodontitis.

Surely you have another two minutes to spare during your morning and nighttime bathroom routines.

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