Dental Health and Longevity

Did you know that the most significant predictor of how long you will live is correlated to the health of your gums and teeth?! I suppose in the olden days, that is why someone always took a good look into a horse’s mouth before making the purchase. So it goes for our teeth! This month, start your year cutting your greatest health risk first; tend to your teeth! Now that your calendar is open, schedule your teeth cleaning for this month and your January resolution will be confirmed!

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By making one significant change to improve your health each month you put yourself on an entire new health track. Don’t stand at the cross roads. Book your dental cleaning now!

Did you know that good dental practices such as brushing your teeth before bed, something we can easily overlook in our stressed busy days, using dental floss regularly after meals and getting your teeth/gums cleaned regularly significantly lower your risk of early death? A study published in 2008 examined the connection between lifestyle behaviors affecting dental health and mortality over a period of nine years and over five thousand participants. What they found was astounding. (Journal List >J Aging Res >v.2011; 2011 >PMC3124861 Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2008 Jun;36(3):258-68)

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Failing to see your dentist in 12 months for your annual checkup and dental cleaning was the greatest mortality risk factor! It increased your mortality between 30-50%! Why is that? Truth be told, your mouth is the “dirtiest place” in your body! It harbors pathogens that can and do cause serious infection! Think about that the next time you swap saliva with your date sweetheart! So do take care.

Pathogens such as bacteria that cause all manner of infection in the body from staphylococcus, lyme co-infectant pathogens, fungal and yeast pathogens, all reside in the gum and wisdom pockets (areas where the wisdom tooth use to exist, prior to extraction). These pathogens circulate in the gum tissue, enter the lymphatic fluid and on occasion blood stream and travel to the circulatory system where they can cause atherosclerosis and then arteriosclerosis, the causative agent for plaque formation in your arteries, veins, capillaries and heart valves. These pathogens also “seed” your digestive system and contribute to dysbiotic strains living in your gut. They crowd out the good probiotic strains and thus contribute to:

  • leaky gut formation
  • food sensitivities
  • bloatin
  • malabsorption
  • acid reflux
  • arthralgias and even ulcers!

Regular dental cleanings allow access to deeper plaque in the gums where bacteria grow and thrive. In some cases ozone injections at the site of gums most inflamed helps to eradicate localized infection. Few dentists are trained in the art of ozone injections. Dr. Timothy Gallagher, former President of the Biological Dental Association flew to Brazil to learn this technique. Working in conjunction with Immune Matrix to have the teeth and gums tested for positive localized inflammation, helps to direct Dr. Gallagher and Dr. Davidoff on where to apply the ozone injections. Immune Matrix reports that wisdom pockets are areas of lyme co-infectant residence. Ozone injection in these pockets helps to eradicate the “seeding effect” that long term silent infection help spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system. In treating lyme patients, Immune Matrix reports that this is a hidden source for chronic lyme pathogenesis.

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Failing to brush your teeth before bed was also found to increase your mortality by 20-35%!  Never flossing increased your mortality risk by 30% as compared to flossing every day. Therefore, having good dental habits to lower the pathogen count in your mouth in between dental deep cleanings helped to improve mortality. Your body has less inflammation and chronic infection and is better able to handle the stressors of daily living.

Mortality also increased with increasing number of missing teeth. Edentulous individuals (even with dentures) had a 30% higher risk of death compared with those with 20+ teeth. Another study specifically looked at the number of teeth as a predictor of mortality in individuals 70 years old. (Osterberg T, Carlsson GE, Sundh V, Steen B. Acta Odontol Scand. 2007 Nov; 65(6):335-40) What they found was that each tooth decreased the chances of you dying in 7 years by 4%. This is significant as the number of teeth overrode other health factors, socio-economic status and lifestyle behaviors. Therefore, do what you can to not only care for your teeth but to keep them!

For more information on what you can do to promote your longevity through dental health go to http://www.ada.org/2881.aspx, a website entitled OralLongevity™, founded between the American Dental Association (ADA), the ADA Foundation (ADAF) and GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSKCH). You can also consult www.immunematrix.com and go to the page entitled “TOXIC TEETH” for biological dental referrals and more information about how to be tested to determine if ozone injections could assist you.

Please note:
Information on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment.

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jeniferjenny957

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Anna Manayan

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