Did you know that your memory can be linked to your oral hygiene?? A report in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry (webmd.com) showed that adults with gingivitis (swollen, bleeding gums) performed worse on tests of memory and other cognitive skills than did those with healthier gums and mouths. Individuals with gingivitis were more likely to perform poorly in mainly two areas, subtraction and verbal recall. Both are skills that are needed every day.
A common hindrance to good oral hygiene is crooked teeth. Having crooked teeth makes it harder to floss and many give up flossing because it is difficult to get in between teeth. What people need to remember is that flossing is THE best way to remove plaque from in between teeth! Plaque is essentially bacteria and, if not removed, grows within the gums, causing gingivitis.
Let Milestone Orthodontics help you and your child with good oral health. The staff in Paramus is available to do a full evaluation of your mouth and give expert advice on how to have optimal oral health. Who knows it may help increase your child’s test scores. Why not give it a try.
Research supports that a healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand. Good oral hygiene and oral health can improve your overall health, reducing the risk of serious disease and perhaps even preserving your memory in your golden years.