Start the New Year Off Right! – Alhambra, CA

Posted December 30th, 2011 by Dr. Chao and filed in Healthy Gums, Tooth Health

With 2012 just around the corner, people are drawing up their healthy New Year’s resolutions – such as quitting smoking, losing weight or getting exercise, but people should consider a resolution to improve oral health, which would have multiple benefits, and could even save lives.

While people know eating right, tossing the smokes and exercising are all part of leading a healthier lifestyle that can prolong their lives, most people are not aware of the overall health benefits of taking care of their teeth. Yet studies show that people who take care of their teeth live an average of 6.3 years longer than those who lose their teeth.

Most adults lose their teeth to gum disease, which research links to heart disease, diabetes, preterm births and other health problems. The bacteria that cause tooth decay can cause damage in other areas of your body. The oral cavity, is truly an indicator of your overall health, and not taking care of oral disease can negatively affect your health.