Brain Power and Brushing Your Teeth

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I’m currently reading a book, Super Brain,  by Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi.  The years are creeping up and I want to

do everything I can to insure that my mental and physical health are maintained.  Today I was surprised to read of a study correlating dementia and oral health care.

In a release by the American Dental Association, a study out of the University of California, indicated that there may be a relationship between a person’s oral health habits and their risk of developing dementia later in life. In fact, of the 5000+ people who participated in the study, those who reported brushing their teeth less than once a day as opposed to those who brushed three times a day, had an 85% greater risk of developing dementia.

While changes due to aging are inevitable, it just makes good sense to do whatever we can to insure that our brain continues to function as well as possible.  Word games, learning new skills, maintaining an active social life, reading challenging material all are helpful ways.  But who knew that brushing your teeth regularly might even give you an edge.

Happy “smart” brushing!