Link Between Your Dental Health and Brain Health

Link Between Your Dental Health and Brain Health

Poor oral hygiene can lead to medical problems that affect other areas of the body, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and pregnancy complications. There are now links being found between oral health and the health of the brain.

Studies are showing a link between poor oral health and problems with the brain, including impaired cognitive function, nerve damage, and memory loss. One study showed that some people with dementia had bacteria in brain tissue that is known to cause periodontal disease. Another study found that cognitive decline appears to increase with each tooth lost or pulled.

While it is known that bacteria from the gums can enter the blood stream and travel to other areas of the body simply from chewing or brushing teeth, the spread of bacteria through the body may not be the only way oral health affects overall health. Periodontal gum disease triggers an inflammatory response that could affect other areas of the body, including the brain, leading to nerve damage and cell death.

While no direct cause has been shown, this link between oral hygiene and brain health is just another reason to take care of your teeth and gums every day.

If you are concerned about how your oral health care might affect the health of your brain, make an appointment to see our dentist in North Hollywood to receive a thorough examination and professional cleaning, as well as recommendations for home care of your teeth and gums.