Unbelievable study reveals poor dental health can make your brain shrink

Unbelievable study reveals poor dental health can make your brain shrink

The study found that poor oral hygiene can cause gum disease and dental cavities, which can result in a reduction in brain volume.

Old man brushing his teeth
Old man brushing his teeth/ iStock

Maintaining healthy teeth is extremely important. 

This is because it can help prevent cavities, gum disease, and plaque. 

But did you know that dental health is linked to brain health? 

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A study by Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, published in the journal Neurology, found that there is a connection between poor dental health and a reduction in brain volume or brain health. 

It also states that gum disease and tooth loss - which are a result of poor dental health - have been linked to brain shrinkage.

"Tooth loss and gum disease, which is inflammation of the tissue around the teeth that can cause shrinkage of the gums and loosening of the teeth, are very common, so evaluating a potential link with dementia is incredibly important.

"Our study found that these conditions may play a role in the health of the brain area that controls thinking and memory, giving people another reason to take better care of their teeth," Satoshi Yamaguchi, of Tohoku University, said

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This is not the first study done to establish the link between dental health and mental health. 

Another report by Health News, states that gum disease, dental cavities, and tooth loss can increase the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. The site also states that 'maintaining good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing regularly, visiting the dentist for check-ups and cleanings, and avoiding smoking, may help to reduce the risk of developing dementia'. 

Four ways to take care of your dental health: 

- Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day.

- Floss your teeth daily, as it stimulates the gums, reduces plaque, and removes food particles. 

- Drink water regularly. 

- Be mindful of sugary and acidic foods and drinks that can lead to cavities and erode the enamel of your teeth. 

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Disclaimer: Health-related information provided in this article is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems. It is always advisable to consult with your doctor on any health-related issues.

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