Dental Health May Slow Aging

Posted by on Mar 1, 2021 in Health Signals | 0 comments

Flossing our teeth is a simple habit, costing next to no time, money or effort, that can add years to our life.  According to, brushing and daily flossing can reduce your “biological” age by as much as 6.4 years - and possibly extend your lifespan by that amount.

Gum disease is the most common “infectious disease” in the world.

Seven out of ten Canadians will develop gum disease sometime in their lives. Sore, swollen gums and bleeding are among the first symptoms. In advanced stages, receding gums and even tooth loss can follow. 

There may even be a link between gum disease and heart disease? The American Federation for Aging Research cites evidence that links chronic gum disease to release of toxic substances and bacteria that enter the blood stream.  This can lead to plaque formation in the arteries, increasing your chances of heart disease.  The Federation states that increased risk of stroke and accelerated aging are also possible.

NOTE: The Canadian Dental Association cautions that current evidence is insufficient to be certain gum disease can lead to heart disease.  They don’t dismiss current studies, but say more work is necessary to be positive that links between gum disease and heart disease are not influenced by other factors. 

Remember these basics for good oral health:

  • Brush at least twice each day
  • Floss at least once daily
  • Don’t smoke
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Have regular dental check-ups. Regular exams can help in the early diagnosis of oral cancers, diabetes and even osteoporosis.

Vol.2, No.7; © ElderWise Inc. 2006

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