How Your Mouth Relates to Longevity


Oral Preventive Houston, TX | Royal DentalWe all know that we will grow older and that, eventually, we will be “old.” The realities of growing old spur many of us on to take better care of ourselves. Long before our senior years, we may eat better and exercise more. We may take supplements to support the health of our brain, heart, bones, and other organs. There may be certain strategies that you have already implemented to minimize the chance that aging might degrade your vitality and quality of life. We wonder, though, is managing your oral health one of them?

The Mouth-Body Connection

You may have heard this term before, and may even know that a condition like gum disease could increase your risk for heart problems. The truth is, there is evidence that links the mouth to every part of the body. The health of the teeth and gums is relevant to the level of risk one has for low-grade toxicity and inflammation in the body, to sleep troubles, and even to dementia.

Reviving an Old Model

If you were to look at life as a timeline from birth to death and create an arc for the quality of living, you might feel naturally inclined to draw that arc from a high point to a low point. This is an old model of aging that is slowly changing, fortunately. And the good news is that each of us has the opportunity to affect how long we enjoy a good quality of life. We have a bit of control over the sharpness of that arc.

When you imagine yourself at 80 years of age, do you see things like taking a walk with your beloved every day? Do you imagine that you will still be able to travel, and get down on the floor to play with great-grandchildren? Will your 80-year-old self-be able to eat a variety of foods – and with your teeth? These are all aspects of rounding out that arc and adding longevity to your quality of life.

It’s Never Too Late to Start

  • Twice a day. Two full minutes. Not too hard.
  • Floss every day.
  • Use a tongue scraper to remove bacteria from the back of the mouth.
  • Minimize the acidity of your diet.
  • Obtain dental checkups and cleanings twice a year.
  • If you grind your teeth, obtain proper treatment from your dentist.

Royal Dental has several offices in which friendly service is the norm. Contact us so we can get started on maintaining your oral health for life.

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