The number of teeth you keep as you get older could indicate just how long you will keep getting older. We recently sat in our lounge at San Francisco Cosmetic Dentist Edward L. Loev’s office celebrating a longtime team member’s birthday, joking and lovingly teasing her about aging. It’s funny how things like extra pounds and wrinkles as we get older aren’t too popular but keeping teeth and one’s own body parts (hips, knees, etc.) are. It got us thinking is there a correlation between how many teeth we have and how long we will live. Recent research says, yes! Studies found a direct connection between tooth loss due to “stress” during an individual’s life, including specific social, emotional, economic, and educational experiences as well as health issues like chronic disease, genetic conditions, nutritional intake, and lifestyle choices and longevity. Their research showed that people who had lost 5 or more teeth by the age of 65 years were more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis, all of which could severely limit life expectancy. Increased societal importance has been placed on staying healthy in our society. But it appears that there may be quality of life and socioeconomic factors at play as well when it comes to the tie between the aforementioned illnesses. The study concludes that the number of teeth in aging humans can affect longevity and life expectancy primarily because they are reflective of an individual’s overall health. “People lose their teeth for many reasons says,” said Dr. Edward L. Loev, DMD “Sometimes it’s due to an accident or some type of trauma or heredity but more commonly it’s a result of, smoking, a poor oral health routine or extended neglect. Secondarily it can be related to gum disease, which is closely linked to health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.” Our lives are busy and teeth and dentist don’t usual top most people to-do lists but paying close attention to one’s mouth and to visiting their dental team regularly to check for any signs of disease can help save teeth and actually extend one’s life. Another similar study found that people who have a full set of teeth when they are 74 years old are significantly more likely to reach the age of 100. Can you imagine… living to that age being a norm rather than an exception? It can happen, if we all watch our overall health and stay conscious of the correlation between oral health and overall body health.
Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Edward L. Loev, DMD has been practicing dentistry in his Downtown, Union Square San Francisco dental office for over 40 years. He has surrounded himself with an amazing team of individuals who are committed to patient care and service. Call them today at 415-392-2072 to set-up a complimentary cosmetic consultation or even just a new patient visit if you are in need/want of a new dentist.