Brushing Your Teeth Can Help with Your Memory
We all hear time and again to brush our teeth twice a day, but we probably rarely stop to think why. Aside from the obvious benefits to our cosmetic and dental health, a recent study suggests that poor dental hygiene can have adverse effects on our brain function. Along with attending a professional dental cleaning twice a year, brushing your teeth can boost your brain health and memory.
Researchers believe that natural, healthy teeth send important sensory signals to the brain that control our motor skills and help us bite and chew our food. When natural teeth are lost or are in poor health, these signals can become disrupted or stop altogether. This can hurt our ability to form new memories and hold onto old ones.
Another study conducted by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society revolved around a California retirement community. The study found that participants who neglected to brush their teeth daily were more likely to develop dementia. Other recent medical studies link gum disease to decreased cognitive function, and one of the best ways to avoid gum disease is to brush your teeth regularly.
In addition to brushing your teeth, here are some things you can do to maintain good dental hygiene:
• Floss your teeth once a day
• Eat healthily, and try to avoid snacking between meals
• Schedule and attend regular dental exams
• Replace your toothbrush every few months or when it starts to look worn