Mind your mouth
We know dentists and dental hygienists recommend brushing and flossing to keep teeth and gums healthy, but there’s more to it than that. Even neurosurgeons would agree! Brushing and flossing can also be good for your brain.
Harmful bacteria cause gum disease — an infection of your gums and supporting bone around your teeth (gingivitis and periodontitis). So what does this have to do with your brain?
The bacteria can enter the bloodstream and move from the mouth to the brain where enzymes called gingipains are released that break down nerve cells. The destruction of the nerve cells can result in memory loss and possibly Alzheimer’s disease. There is also a concern with inflammation – gum disease leads to inflammation, and chronic inflammation has been associated with a multitude of health issues including declining brain health.
Brushing and flossing reduce the bacteria associated with brain health issues — so keep up these good habits for a healthy mouth, healthy body and a healthy brain!