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How A Dentist Can Add 8 to 12 Years to Your Life

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Regular tooth cleanings with periodontal treatment might just extend your life, according to the most recent research by dental experts.

As peculiar as it might appear, an infection in your gums may travel throughout your body to other internal organs, including your heart, digestive tract, and lungs. This is why it’s more important than ever before to go for regular dental check-ups and be sure that your periodontal wellness is constantly managed.

Periodontal disease and inadequate oral hygiene might be signs of early death, according to Dr. Michael F. Roizen in his classic book Real Age: Are You as Young as You Can Be?

That is simply because gum disease has long been related to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, intestinal problems, weakening of bones, and immune problems. Young men who had a maximum oral hygiene index of 6 (0 shows perfect oral hygiene and 6 poor oral hygiene) had a three to four times greater risk of dying before people that had a hygiene index of 0. On top of that, young men with periodontitis experienced a nearly three fold elevated risk of dying from heart disease.

The term periodontal means “around the tooth”. Periodontal disease is known as a chronic bacterial infection which affects the gumline and bone supporting the teeth. Gum disease may affect a single tooth or lots of teeth. It starts as soon as the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, translucent film which constantly forms on your teeth) triggers the gums to be swollen.

If you feel that you could have periodontal disease, see the dentist to have an evaluation right away.