Good dental health is something that everyone can agree is important. It can be achieved by establishing and regularly practicing good dental habits such as brushing, flossing, rinsing and visiting the dentist for regular cleanings and check ups.
Good dental health has also been linked to promoting good overall health. Since the mouth is a location of the body that is able to indicate the prevalence of other potential health issues, the healthier you are able to keep it, the healthier your whole body will be. Research is showing that good dental health also seems to have another important benefit. “A new University of California study has found potential links between good oral hygiene and decreased risk of dementia. The study, which followed 5,468 elderly participants over a period spanning 18 years, found that patients who did not brush their teeth a minimum of once per day were 65 percent more likely to develop symptoms of dementia and related syndromes. Study participants had an average age of 81, with an age range spanning from 52 to 105.
“Not only does the state of your mind predict what kind of oral health habits you practice, it may be that your oral health habits influence whether or not you get dementia,” said Annlia Paganini-Hill, who led the study at the University of California.”
Putting aside all of the wonderful additional benefits that taking care of your teeth and gums have, the first and best one is that it keeps your teeth and