Ten bizzare health benefits of brushing your teeth
We all know brushing our teeth helps keep cavity and teeth and gum problems away, however recent studies show that good oral hygiene has ten other surprising health benefits that have nothing to do with your teeth
1. According to a study published in The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, participants who did not brush on a regular basis had a 65 percent greater chance of developing dementia compared to those who did not brush.
2. Prevent Alzheimer’s, Researchers believe that when the bacteria reach the brain in the bloodstream, they trigger an immune response that can lead to the death of brain cells called neurons. This process could help drive the changes that are typical of Alzheimer’s disease, causing symptoms of confusion and memory loss. So brushing your teeth can help prevent this serious for of dementia
3. A study in The American Journal of Medicine found that regular brushing decreases the chance of stroke!
4. As any dentist, hygienist, or physician can tell you, regular brushing (and flossing) helps to prevent gum disease. But you may not know that along with causing stinky breath and unattractive smiles, gum disease is a major indicator of heart disease and the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.
5. A study published in the Journal of Periodontology has also shown that increased brushing decreases the risk of respiratory diseases such as pneumonia and COPD. As, Bacteria which form on the teeth make their way into the lungs and respiratory tract.
6. Dental researcher DR. Caitia Gazola has shown that having healthy teeth and gums increases the chances of having healthy babies, while dental disease can cause underweight pre-term babies. And men – you aren’t off the hook! We strongly suspect that not brushing your teeth can regularly can exclude you from the whole pregnancy process!
7. Prevention magazine has reported that regular brushing can help you maintain a healthy weight! Why? Brushing your teeth indicates to the brain that mealtime is over. Plus – food just doesn’t taste as good with squeaky clean teeth!
8. Several studies have shown that men with poor oral hygiene are at greater risk for erectile dysfunction.
9. The American Journal of Medicine has linked dental health with heart attack risk, meaning good oral hygiene can reduce chances of heart attacks.
10. Prevent or minimise Diabetes-- Gum disease can make it harder to control your blood glucose. The relationship between serious gum disease and diabetes is two-way. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.
The Oslo Times