Thursday, December 20, 2007
Don't Forget to Floss
Here's a little tidbit of good info from the Producer Power Hour:
Don’t Forget to Floss
It’s amazing how much seemingly small habits can affect our health. Recent studies have made a direct connection between longevity and teeth flossing. Who knew such a seemingly little thing could make such a big difference? In the book, “Real Age” by Michael F. Roizen, M.D., Dr. Roizen calculates how old a person really is, not just in years, but by taking into account a person’s lifestyle, eating habits and fitness level. According to Roizen, daily flossing can add 6.3 years to your life. That’s a long time!
He writes, “These studies show that the presence of periodontal diseases, diseases most common in people with tooth loss, actually affects longevity. The best of these studies done at Emory University with the Centers for Disease Control, indicated that people with gingivitis and periodontitis have a mortality rate that is 23 percent to 46 percent higher than those who don’t … why? They are linked to increased rates of cardiovascular disease and stroke, as well as to an increase in mortality from other causes, such as infections.”
At the very least, flossing will help ensure that you get to keep your real teeth, rather than having to deal with dentures down the road.
For your next Physical portion of your Producer Power Hour reflect on your daily health habits.
Do I floss every day?
Do I make taking care of my physical body a regular priority?
What are some ways I could take better care of my body?
“Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense.”
~ Henry Miller