Do you have a habit of brushing your teeth daily? Do you always replace your tooth brush every 3 months? Do you visit your dentist monthly or 4 times a year? If you have noticed, these are questions that pertain to your dental health and how you take care of your of your oral health overall – which several studies suggests, may also affect brain functionality as you age.
According to several studies in the US, poor oral health may be linked to Alzheimer disease, among the common form of dementia that people may experience as they age. Unfortunately, it seems that Alzheimer can be present not only to aging people but also to those who have poor oral health.
According to scientists, having a poor oral health may affect an individuals’ brain in a way that bacteria in the mouth has the capacity to reach the brain faster and may cause brain to malfunction or lower its capacity to function properly – thus the possibility of dementia in the form of Alzheimer. Some believe that it may also cause sudden death to an individual by triggering a sudden immune response to the brain that will fight off the bacteria. Gum disease is believed to be the primary instigator in development of dementia to an individual.
Hence, a person should always observe proper oral hygiene and should visit the dentist every 3 months to have an optimum protection against bacteria that may cause the Alzheimer. Although there are no studies yet that 100% assures oral health as a contributor in the development of dementia, it is always important to keep your mouth clean to prevent the possible build up of bacteria.
Oral Hygiene Tips for Healthy Living
For a quick resolution for those having a not-so-good oral health, here are quick ways that you should start doing to have proper oral hygiene:
- Brush your teeth daily.
- Change your toothbrush every 3 months to ensure its efficiency in cleaning your mouth and teeth.
- Clean your tongue where most bacteria often build-up.
- Chew gums after eating, which can help clean and reduce bacteria on your mouth. It also helps in keeping moisture inside your mouth.
- Floss in-between parts of your teeth to remove bacteria that were not removed or reached by your toothbrush.
- Always brush your teeth when you wake up in the morning and before going to bed.
These are actually very simple tasks that you should do as your daily routine to ensure oral health and prevent the possible development of dementia.