At first, you might be a bit skeptical about the title, but, the number of teeth you’ve lost can indicate how long you will live as well as your risk of certain diseases. Namely, according to a research published in Periodontology 2000, people who had all their teeth at the age of 74 had a higher chance of reaching the age of 100.
The ones who lost 5 or more teeth until the age of 65 had a higher risk of serious health problems like cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and osteoporosis, which significantly influence the life span.
These diseases are closely associated with the quality of life, socioeconomic status, and level of stress. According to Dr. Nigel Carter, chair at Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe, people can lose their teeth as a consequence of stressful situations and traumas, poor oral hygiene, gum diseases, and smoking, all of which may be related to heart diseases and diabetes.
The research points out that the loss of teeth is an indicator of poor quality of certain aspects of life and an increased risk of health problems. Dr. Carter added that what goes on in our mouth mirrors the overall health. Therefore, we need to pay attention to what happens to our teeth and gums because everything in our body is connected.
According to experts, the teeth must be brushed twice per day, in the morning and at night, with fluoride toothpaste. Also, it’s crucial to reduce the intake of sugar and soda drinks and see your dentist for checkups every 6 months.