The Dentist’s Way to Add 8 – 12 Years to Your Life!
Regular tooth cleanings with periodontal therapy just might prolong your life, according to the latest research by dental experts. As strange as it may sound, an infection in your gums can travel through your body to other organs, such as your heart, digestive system, and lungs. This is why it’s more important than ever to go for regular dental check-ups and ensure that your periodontal health is constantly managed.
Periodontal disease and poor oral hygiene may be indicators of premature death, according to Dr. Michael F. Roizen in his classic book Real Age: Are You as Young as You Can Be? That’s because gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, digestive problems, osteoporosis, and immune problems.
Young men who had a maximum oral hygiene index of 6 (0 indicating ideal oral hygiene and 6 poor oral hygiene) had a three to four times higher risk of dying sooner than those who had a hygiene index of 0. In addition, young men with periodontitis had a nearly three fold increased risk of dying from coronary heart disease.
The word periodontalmeans “around the tooth.” Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. It begins when the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth) causes the gums to become inflamed.