Brush your teeth; boost your brain. Could it be that simple? According to study from researchers at the University of Southern California; the answer could be yes!
A group of 5,468 elderly adults living in a retirement community in Southern California were evaluated on their brain function and oral health habits for an 18 year period.
Participants who brushed their teeth less than once a day were up to 65% more likely to develop dementia than those people who brushed their teeth three times per day.
At the start of the study, the participants did not have dementia and were asked to answer questions about their dental health habits, the condition of their teeth, and if they wore dentures or not.
At the end of the study in 2010, medical records, interviews, and even death certificates were used to determine that 1,145 people had been diagnosed with dementia.
The results of the study determined that women who brushed their teeth less than once a day had a 65% higher likelihood of developing dementia than those who brushed daily. For men, about 1 in 6 irregular brushers developed dementia.
Also, the study showed that people who could not chew their food properly and refused to wear dentures had a 91% higher risk of dementia than those who could chew their food normally.
Dentures can be uncomfortable and make it difficult for people to chew their food properly. For people who don’t want the burden of wearing dentures, but would like to have their missing teeth replaced, they may choose dental implants. Dental tooth implants act as a natural tooth root which becomes securely attached to the patient’s jawbone. The look and act like real teeth so chewing is not compromised.
Whether you’re trying to keep your brain healthy, or just want to achieve a beautiful smile, make sure you brush your teeth at least twice daily, floss, eat healthy, exercise, and visit the dentist!
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