Brushing Teeth for Better Memory
Oral hygiene has a direct correlation to our oral health. Those who practice good oral hygiene habits tend to have good oral health, while those who do not have proper hygiene habits tend to suffer from cavities and tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss.
Since our teeth and gums are linked to the rest of our body through nerves and blood vessels, it should come as no surprise that oral hygiene can impact our overall health as well. Perhaps surprisingly, though, is the impact our oral health can have on our memory.
Numerous research studies have uncovered a link between tooth loss and memory. These studies have found that those with fewer natural teeth tend to perform worse on memory tests. Furthermore, memory and the number of natural teeth tend to decrease with age.
Though scientists are unsure of the exact reason for these findings, it is understood that natural teeth send sensory signals to the brain via nerves that aid in facial movements such as biting and chewing, and the lack of natural teeth may reduce those signals between the teeth and brain, potentially reducing cognitive ability, including memory.
Regardless of the precise reasons that may be at play, it is clear from the studies that the loss of teeth impacts memory. As a result, prevention of tooth loss through the practice of good oral hygiene habits becomes very important to the preservation of cognitive function and memory as we get older.
To maintain good oral health, follow these tips.
• Brush your teeth twice a day
• Floss between your teeth daily
• Visit your dentist for a professional dental cleaning every six months
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