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Tooth Loss and Memory Problems

tooth loss and memory problemsA fading memory is often considered just another part of getting older. Forgetting your keys, your purse or appointments is frustrating, but recent research indicates that it may not be your age but your smile that is the culprit. Every time you bite and chew, your brain receives critical sensory messages that stimulate the area that stores and retrieves memories. If you have lost one or more teeth, your brain is receiving less stimulation, and that means that your memory can suffer.

According to the study, which was published in the “European Journal of Oral Sciences,” tooth loss was correlated with poorer outcomes on memory performance tests. The study involved almost 275 participants between the ages of 55 and 80 who had lost an average of 10 teeth, 70 percent of which were molars. Another recent study from the University of California, which focused on 5,500 people over nearly two decades, found that people with poor dental hygiene were 65 percent more likely to suffer from dementia than those who brush three times a day.

The best way to avoid tooth loss-related memory loss is to preserve your natural teeth. This requires good dental health. Brush at least twice a day, and floss every day. Visit us about twice a year or as recommended for a professional cleaning and checkup. If you have already lost teeth, ask us about dental implants, which offer some additional stimulation with chewing since they are implanted right into the jawbone. Give us a call today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Northridge.

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