This is unusual use number 46: floss can help you escape stomach cancer.

New York University researchers found that people with precancerous gastric lesions were nearly three times as likely to report that they flossed infrequently as people who didn’t have the lesions.

If you don’t maintain good oral hygiene, bacteria may build up in your mouth and eventually migrate to your stomach, where they can trigger cancer-causing inflammation, explains study author Dr Yu Chen.

Here’s a tip for the forgetful: jot down a plan of when, where and how you’ll floss each day and you’ll be more likely to actually do it, a German study found.