A Healthy Mouth Improves the Mind: It’s Good for the Memory

Brushing your teeth could help “to remember”, at least older people: in fact, the poor state of health of the mouth seems to be associated with adults’ cognitive problems, memory and reasoning.

This is demonstrated by a study carried out by James Noble of Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. The study was conducted on 2,300 people aged 60 or more and then published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry.

Experts have checked the health state of the people’s mouth and then tested their cognitive process and memory. It is found that adults with a more neglected mouth, suffering from gingivitis and periodontitis, have come upon cognitive and memory problems.

In previous studies, the oral health has been linked to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and Alzheimer’s; this study, therefore, is to be added to a series of data correlating the oral health to that of other parts of the body, particularly the brain.

Therefore, the experts conclude that having a good oral hygiene is one more good reason to go to the dentist once in a while.