Does Dental Health Effect Brain Health?

We all know that it is important to care for our teeth, but are we sure we know all the reasons why? Yes, unhealthy teeth lead to cavities, stains and decay. This can be painful and cause us to make more trips to the dentist, but what about our brain health? Is there any relation between the two?
 
Mood
 
The most obvious answer starts with our mood. When we feel good about our smile, we are more confident and assured of ourselves. This causes us to smile more and being friendly improves our mood. 
 
Memory
 
There have been studies which show that losing teeth has a negative effect on the memory. They say that there is a direct connection between how many teeth a person has and their cognitive ability. 
 
When studies were done on animals, they found the same thing. Rats who had teeth missing had more issues with their memory. This could be because memory is formed by the sensory impulses. These are produced by movement from the jaw. Those who have fewer teeth naturally produce fewer signals.
It could also be related to diet because that could cause tooth loss and a bad memory.
 
Strong Minds
 
Study after study continues to reinforce that dental health affects other areas of the body. Good oral health leads to improved brain functions as well as healthy cardiovascular systems and more. 
 
Your teeth are an important part of your overall well-being including building a strong mind. If you need a reminder of all the benefits you receive from taking care of your teeth, here are a few:
Improved speech
Lower chance of heart disease
Prevents cancer
Lowers stress levels
Boosts your mood and overall happiness level
Reduces anxiety
Improves confidence
Aids your mental health
 
There has never been a better time to start caring for your teeth. Not only will you receive some brain benefits, but you’ll be glad when you see that white smile. If you need help getting on track with your dental care, be sure to speak with your dentist in Summit, NJ. Together you can set up a treatment plan that helps you live a long, full life. The office of Dr. Flynn-Nyktas can be reached at (908) 522-1155, please give us a call today!
 

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