TAKING GOOD CARE OF YOUR TEETH MAY BE GOOD FOR YOUR BRAIN
According to a new study, taking good care of your teeth may be linked to better brain health. The study found that gum disease and tooth loss were linked to brain shrinkage in the hippocampus, which plays a role in thinking, memory, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Mild gum disease involves probing depths of three or four millimeters in several areas, while severe gum disease involves probing depths of five or six millimeters in several areas, as well as more bone loss and can cause teeth to become loose and eventually fall out.
Researchers found that the more teeth lost and the more severe the gum disease, the faster the rate of brain shrinkage. While no absolute causative relationship was discovered, there does seem to be a strong association. So, these results highlight the importance of preserving the health of the teeth and gums and not just retaining the teeth.
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