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On our last blog post we discussed how brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand could help give your brain cells a boost, and today we are excited about the new study on Dentition, Dental Health Habits and Dementia which explores the association between good dental health and lower cases of dementia. 5468 adults, with the average age of 81, were followed from 1992 to 2010 regarding dental health, specifically on the number of natural teeth, dentures worn, number of visits to the dentist and oral health habits. The research shows that in addition to helping maintaining natural, healthy, functional teeth, oral health behaviors are associated with lower risk of dementia in older adults.

This study supports the importance of taking care of your teeth. Please remember to:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
  • Make sure to use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.
  • Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. Tooth decay-causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.