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We always take our oral health for granted. Flossing is the next step, but brushing our teeth twice a day is also a task for us. But what if we tell you that keeping good oral hygiene is linked to your mental well-being? Will that be a good enough reason for you? No friends, we’re not kidding because scientists have found out that if you floss regularly, you can prevent cognitive decline.
The most common cognitive issue that you might face in your old age is dementia, in which you are at the risk of identifying your loved ones. All this happens because of the degrowth of our brain cells. This process starts way earlier for those who take their dental health for granted. That’s why, we want you to pay heed to it.
Researchers at the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing found out that adults with more tooth loss had a 1.48 times higher risk of cognitive impairment, and 1.28 times higher risk of dementia.
Poor oral health means tooth decay and loss of tooth, which makes it impossible for a person to chew the food properly and extract all the nutrients. No nutrients in the body means no food for the brain as well, which further leads to cognitive decline.
The analysis also highlighted evidence that oral inflammation is connected to brain inflammation and cognitive impairment.
So, you see how a small habit can make such a huge difference to your life.
1. Brush your teeth twice a day. Ensure that you brush after having breakfast and then post-dinner.
2. Gargle within 15 minutes of eating something.
3. If you ate something sweet, brushing your teeth is mandatory.
4. Don’t use a brush with very hard bristles.
5. Cleaning your tongue is also very important.
6. Include flossing as it can help in removing every food particle stuck between your teeth.
So ladies, ensure you keep a check on your oral hygiene to stay protected from cognitive problems like dementia.