If you take regular trips to the dentist at either of our two Joondalup offices, you probably have noticed that we tend to focus on gum health as part of a total dental health program.
There is plenty of reason for this. Gum disease can cause a number of documented problems in other areas of your health.
The author of a 2014 study has just assumed the position of Inaugural Chair of Lifespan Oral Health at Sydney University. His name is Professor Jorg Eberhard. Professor Eberhard’s study in 2014 was published in the International Journal of Cardiology. His study proved that periodontitis, the most common form of gum disease, keeps someone who exercises or engages in sport from improving his or her “biological age.”
According to Professor Eberhard, the main reason we “age” biologically is because strands in our DNA known as “telomeres” shorten as we get older. When we exercise or take certain antioxidants, we can delay the shortening of our telomeres. These telomeres are important for cellular renewal.
Ideally, exercise does what it’s supposed to: it makes us look and feel younger or at least helps us not age so fast. But in Professor Eberhard’s study, those who exercised and had gum disease didn’t receive any benefit in the form of lengthening telomeres.
In other words, the telomeres of those who exercised and didn’t have gum disease lengthened. The telomeres of those who exercised and had gum disease shortened.
The conclusion was without doubt: if you have healthy gums, exercise helps keep you young. If you don’t have healthy gums, exercise doesn’t do nearly as much for you.
Professor Eberhard’s study also indicates that those who are pre-diabetic and have gum disease find it harder to control their blood glucose levels.
Professor Eberhard was involved in other studies in Germany indicating that inefficient brushing for as little as three weeks can affect inflammation markers in the gums.
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