Why the key to longer life may be simpler than you think
Many people are quick to try new methods as they come out as to how to extend their life. Most people want to know how to live longer. Large amounts of money are paid to people who claim to have found the secret to a longer life. Living a long life is connected to much more than having the right genes. Recent studies reveal that the key may lie in a simple toothbrush and floss.
Oral BacteriaEvery person has at least 500 different kinds of bacteria in their mouth. It is constantly multiplying, which is why you have a daily growth of plaque on your teeth. Some of these bacteria produce an acid whenever it consumes sugar, and the acid will cause cavities and gum disease.
Gum DiseaseThe bacteria will eventually lead to an inflammation of the gums if the teeth are not regularly brushed and kept clean. In healthy gums, the gums are tight against the teeth, which prevent the bacteria from getting into the body. In the early stages, you will know that you have gingivitis if your gums bleed when you brush them and if your gums are red or inflamed.
Periodontal DiseaseThe presence of the bacteria and acid in the gums leads to an immune response. Various defense organisms are brought into action against the bacteria and infections begin. After a while, the gums have started to recede, pockets have formed on your gums that allow a lot more bacteria to pour into the gums, and the infection gets bigger. It also gains access to your bloodstream and then spreads throughout your body.
Tooth LossThe immune reaction in your gums not only spreads, but it also adds to the damage. The immune system begins to attack the gums, the structures that support your teeth, and the jawbone. Before long, if it is not treated, your teeth will start to become loose and may even fall out.
Overall DamageThe same troublesome bacteria will also start to cause buildups within your organs and your blood vessels. Over time, major complications can occur, which include:
Several types of cancer
And a lot more.
Statistics show a strong correlation between gum disease and other health problems. For instance, 90 percent of the people with heart disease also had gum disease. When it is realized that heart disease kills as many as 600,000 people in America each year, the significance of reducing gum disease is clearly seen.
Another problem, among many, is that having gum disease makes it very hard to control diabetes. Studies have found that by controlling gum disease (periodontitis), blood sugar levels are considerably reduced.
Periodontitis Causes a Shorter LifeA study in Sweden recently showed a powerful connection between having periodontitis and a shortened life. The results revealed that when periodontitis is present and a molar is missing that it is clearly a marker of increased risk for premature death. Men in this category died 31 years early and women died 36 years earlier than the normal lifespan.
There is also a connection between tooth loss and a shorter life. By the time you reach 70 years old, for every tooth you have lost, you increase your risk of death within five years by four percent.
Why Brushing and Flossing HelpsEvery day, the bacteria will form an almost invisible layer on your teeth called plaque. This enables it to produce acid right on your teeth. Brushing will remove the plaque and protect the surfaces of your teeth. Flossing can remove the food particles and acid from between your teeth, which is why it is so necessary. For the best care of your teeth, you should brush at least twice a day and floss each day.
Other Benefits of Taking Care of Your TeethSince periodontal disease is so potentially hazardous to your health, it is possible that preventing it, or removing it as quickly as possible, may lengthen your life. This may enable you to live healthy at 80 and still enjoy life:
Live longer without a chronic illness
Travel without limitations
Eat the food you want with real teeth
Have minimal pain
Walk normally and possibly even enjoy sports
Enjoy your grandchildren.
How to Live LongerIn addition to brushing your teeth and flossing for better health, you also want to adopt healthy lifestyles. This includes getting down to a healthy weight, eating healthy foods (and cutting back on sugary foods), quit smoking, exercising regularly, and seeing a dentist for regular dental cleanings. If you already have periodontitis, you need to be treated for it to remove the bacteria from your gums.
If you have inflamed gums and periodontal disease, but want to live longer, you can get gum inflammation treatment from Dr. Kumar T. Vadivel, DDS, FDS RCS, MS, a Board Certified Periodontist. He can provide treatment for oral inflammation that will lead to better overall health. His offices are located in the Carrollton, TX and Grapevine, TX areas. For a consultation or dental treatment for better dental health, you can contact his office today at (817) 756-8578.