What Your Oral Health Indicates about Your Brain Health
A recent study that was published in the “Journal of American Geriatrics” determined that oral health and cognitive function may be closely linked. Researchers asked more than 500 people about their dental health. They found that patients who struggled to chew easily were more than two times as likely to experience cognitive declines.
Unfortunately, while there may be a clear correlation, researchers are less likely to identify the cause of this connection. Patients may be more likely to experience poor dental health after experiencing a loss in cognitive function because they may be unable to perform essential dental hygiene tasks. It is equally possible that patients with periodontal disease and tooth loss may be more likely to experience increased inflammation that can trigger cognitive changes.
You can avoid periodontal disease by paying close attention to your dental hygiene routine. Brush your teeth twice a day, and floss daily. Eat a balanced diet with fresh produce, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy products, which can help your body function properly and combat infection. Visit our dentist every six months for a routine checkup and cleaning. If you have any chronic conditions or have risk factors for periodontal disease, our dentist may recommend more frequent checkups.
If you have a loved one with signs of cognitive decline, you can help by encouraging them to maintain a healthier diet. Your loved one may benefit from an electronic toothbrush, which can be easier to use than traditional toothbrushes, or he or she may benefit from assistance with brushing in order to maintain the best dental hygiene.