The Connection Between Oral Healthcare and Brain Function

We all know that brushing and flossing daily may prevent tooth loss, decay and gingivitis. However, did you know that these oral hygiene practices may affect your brain health and function as well?

Ongoing research has shown a possible link between memory loss and oral health. Our mouths contain billions (yes, billions!) of both good and bad bacteria, which release toxins that have the potential to reach your brain. As this “bad” bacteria starts to enter the bloodstream, it can travel to many different areas of the body, including your brain, resulting in memory loss and brain cell death. This in turn has the potential for the bad bacteria to break the blood-brain barrier that protects your brain from harmful substances. It’s important to note that there are some types of bacteria that migrate throughout the body, and can’t be prevented! 

According to the National Health Service, people with gum disease are 70% more likely to get dementia. At Summer Dental, we’re here to help educate our incredible patients and help them become the healthiest versions of themselves. Call or text us today to set up an appointment, there has never been a better time to address your dental needs!