When you don’t properly care for your teeth, of course it affects many things, including your teeth, gums, tongue, and breath. But did you know that it can affect many other systems of the body, including the blood? It’s true- bacteria along your gum line can enter the gums along the teeth and be carried into your bloodstream, where it can cause a whole list of other physical problems.
Recently, a study found that it can even affect the health of your brain! The study, which was presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2023 found that adults who are genetically more likely to have poor oral health may be more prone to showing signs of declining brain health than those with healthier gums and teeth.
It also found that adults who received intervention for poor oral health early-on boosted their brain health and showed many more brain health benefits than those who did not receive the same care.
Furthermore, the study found that those with poor oral health were more likely to suffer from a stroke, and that three in five adults will suffer from a brain illness in their lifetime.
So, what can be done to help protect your brain from the harmful oral bacteria responsible for this damage to your brain health?
For starters, regular visits to Dr. Abelar are imperative. These can help you stay on the right path, and correct any damage to gums and teeth before they become a bigger problem than they need to be.
Furthermore, patients should stick to a stringent oral health care routine, which includes brushing teeth for at least two minutes at a time, twice per day.
Patients should also floss between the teeth at least once per day, preferably at bedtime, however, they should try to floss more if and when possible.
While brushing may not be able to undo any damage caused to the brain from neglected oral health, it can help slow progression going forward.
To take control of your oral health and brain health, please schedule an exam with Dr. Abelar’s office today!