|Tooth or Consequences: 10 Steps to Add Years
to Your Life
CHICAGO University of Chicago internist and
anesthesiologist Dr. Michael Roizen is making headlines with his RealAge program, which he
designed to provide people with a scientifically valid age reduction plan.
You may have read about it, seen him on "Oprah" or "20/20" or even
bought his book. And maybe you were surprised that flossing your teeth ranks right up
there with taking your vitamins, quitting smoking and reducing stress as one of the top
five things you can do to reduce your "RealAge." In fact, keeping your teeth and
gums healthy allows you to add 6.4 years to your life, according to Roizen's
"It makes sense," says Dr. Robert Schoor, president of the American Academy
of Periodontology (AAP). "Periodontal (gum) disease is a bacterial infection of the
gums, and that bacteria can travel into the bloodstream and other parts of the body,
putting a person's health at risk."
Recent research has found that periodontal infection may contribute to the development
of heart disease, diabetes, respiratory diseases and premature, underweight births.
If you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy, and take care of the rest of your body
at the same time, it's not quite as simple as regular flossing.