ing is one of those oral hygiene habits people often skip. If you’re guilty of this, take a good look at the following information.
There are theories that regular flossing may help you stay healthier and even live longer. One book on the topic is called “Real Age” by Michael F. Roizen, MD. In it, Dr. Roizen shows people how to calculate their ages based upon choices he/she makes about lifestyles, eating, exercise, ect.
Also see: 5 Ways Oral Hygiene Keeps You Healthy
In the chapter on dental health, Dr. Roizen specifically addresses flossing as well as periodontal disease and its affect on longevity.
“Flossing your teeth daily can make your arteries younger. The probable reason: Flossing helps keep your immune system young… the same bacteria that cause periodontal disease also trigger an immune response, inflammation, that causes the arteries to swell. The swelling of the arterial walls results in a constriction of blood flow that can lead to a higher incidence of cardiovascular disease. Other studies have shown that periodontal disease leads to a higher white blood cell count, which is an indicator that the immune system is under increased stress…. Poor oral hygiene and particularly increased tooth loss are important indicators of your risk. The fewer teeth you have, the greater your risk of gum infections.”
Dr. Roizen goes on to say,
“… people with gingivitis and periodontitis have a mortality rate that is 23 percent to 46 percent higher than those who don’t” Why? They are linked to increased rates of cardiovascular disease and stroke, as well as to an increase in mortality from other causes, such as infections. “
Dr. Roizen’s stance may seem far fetched, but it’s backed up by substantial scientific information – the same information, in fact, that is addressed right here on this blog. Let all of this strengthen our positions on keeping our teeth clean by practicing good oral hygiene habits.