32 predictors of a long life. Can you guess what any of them are? If you said teeth, you're 100% right.
There is some new research published in Periodontology 2000 that supports the theory that tooth loss can be used to determine quality of life and to predict a person's life expectancy. Makes sense right?
Tooth loss is related to diet, habits (smoking, eg.), the amount of care and attention given to teeth, and to life stresses. The study states that stress includes social, emotional, economic and educational experiences as well as chronic diseases, genetic conditions and lifestyle choices.
The research also showed that people who had lost five or more teeth by the age of 65 were also more likely to suffer from other serious health issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. All of these also could severely limit a person’s life expectancy.
The study also mentions tooth loss as a cause for issues with eating and thus nutrition. Definitely a vicious cycle of problems.
In years of clinical studies in relation to periodontal (gum disease) and endocarditis (heart disease) the straighter the teeth the less risk.
Dr. Feldman explains, "with straight, properly aligned teeth bacteria and plaque have much less opportunity to stick in the little nooks and crannies and accumulate.
Thus, the basic mechanics of good oral hygiene are SO MUCH more effective and even lessens chances of gum and heart disease!!
So, ... if you want to live longer get straight teeth and brush them well! It will add at least 10 years to your life!!"
We're orthodontists, but we were dentists first. Perfecting smiles only works with a good foundation and attention to care. You've all probably seen that meme "You don't have to brush all your teeth. Just the ones you want to keep." Of course that's true. Brushing, flossing, cutting down on sugary foods and drinks, and visiting the dentist will help you keep your teeth, and will help you live a long and healthy life. Here's to a healthy, happy you.