David Hockney Claims Brushing Teeth Helps Him Live Longer

Those who want the secret to a long life should make sure they brush their teeth thoroughly, after David Hockney claimed good oral hygiene has helped him stay healthy in his 80s.

The artist wrote a letter to the Financial Times stating that he has reached 81 years of age due to meticulously looking after his teeth.

“I was told by a doctor many years ago that what was making people live longer was the washing of hands and the cleaning of teeth,” he stated, adding: “I instinctively believed this.”

Despite being a smoker, he thinks he has had a long life due to his good hygiene practices.

There is evidence to support this, including research from Florida Atlantic University in 2016 that showed brushing teeth decreases plaque, which, in turn, could reduce the chance of heart attacks and strokes, as it breaks down inflammation in the body.

In addition to this, another study released by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health in 2015 looked at the link between five-year mortality in elderly people and their number of teeth.

Scientists examined 600 people over the age of 70 who were in good health. It found that those with 20 teeth or more had a low mortality rate of 2.5 per cent. However, those with fewer than 19 teeth had a mortality rate of more than double this at 6.1 per cent.

Therefore, the research concluded that “retaining more teeth might be a useful indicator for longevity of older people”.

To make sure you look after your teeth well, make sure you visit your Guildford dental practice regularly.