When we think about longevity and healthy aging, our minds often jump to exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle choices. An often-overlooked factor in the quest for a life filled with wellness is the oral microbiome.
Yes! The community of microorganisms residing in our mouths plays a significant role not only in oral health but also in our overall well-being and longevity.
Research has shown that the health of our mouth is intimately connected to the health of our entire body. The oral microbiome- comprising bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microorganisms, interacts with our immune system and can influence various aspects of systemic health. Imbalances here have been associated with an increased risk of chronic conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and respiratory disorders. By promoting a healthy oral microbiome, we may potentially reduce the risk of these age-related diseases, thereby enhancing our chances of a longer and healthier life.
David A. Sinclair, a longevity researched and Professor at the Department of Genetics and co-Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for Biology of Aging Research at Harvard Medical School recently shared his thoughts on why his biological age is lower than his actual age and attributes this to a series of lifestyle changes including a morning routine of using a "non - toxic" toothpaste and oil pulling. You can read more here: https://tinyurl.com/yxfccttw
Regular dental visits, proper oral hygiene, a nutrient-rich diet, and avoiding detrimental habits like smoking are key to maintaining a healthy oral microbiome. Very importantly, embracing the power of your oral wellness rituals like oil pulling and using toothpastes without harmful ingredients can unlock the secrets to a long and vibrant life.