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How Tooth Loss Can Damage Memory

how tooth loss can damage memoryThe human body is an amazing piece of work, with all parts working together for the good of the whole. Different parts of the body can affect other parts that do not seem to be directly connected. It has been shown that poor oral health can lead to disease in other areas of the body. Now researchers are linking tooth loss and memory.

It appears that those who are missing the most natural teeth also show the greatest number of lapses in memory function of the brain. While no direct causal relationship has been found, there are several theories to explain this event.

Chewing helps stimulate nerves in the jaw and to increase blood flow to the brain. Natural teeth are attached to these nerves within the jaw. When pressure is placed on teeth during chewing, this stimulates the attached nerves.

Additionally, teeth are necessary to chew foods to get the right nutrition for proper functioning of the brain and body. Although dentures and implants will not stimulate the nerves within the jaw, these dental appliances can help keep up with nutrition and blood flow to the brain, which may help with brain function and memory.

To prevent tooth loss, it is important to take care of your teeth at home. If you have not seen a dentist in a while, be sure to make an appointment with our West Hollywood dentist for a cleaning and evaluation to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.

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