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A California Study Shows That Brushing Your Teeth Wards Off Dementia

That’s right! If you brush your teeth, you have as much as a 65% better chance of warding off dementia in your old age, one study shows. A University of California study from a couple of years ago followed over 5,000 elderly patients aged 52-105 from 1992 to 2010. After 18 years, the researchers concluded that brushing your teeth not even keeps your teeth and mouth healthy, but keeps your brain healthy as well!

The study showed that people who brushed more had less chance of contracting diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease due to having less gum disease-related bacteria in their brains, or just bacteria causing inflammation in the gums and elsewhere. Those patients who reported less or no brushing were found to have more bacterias in their brains of the type that were related to those found in the gums of patients with gum disease. These kinds of bacteria have also been shown to cause stroke, diabetes and heart disease due to the effects of inflammation.

Read more at the link below. Just remember; go ahead and keep playing your Sudoku and mind games, but it might just be more important to brush your teeth regularly. Brush your teeth after every meal or at least twice a day to stay happy and healthy in mind and body.

John S., Sherman Oaks Dentistry

See Study Reported by Reuters:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/21/health-dementia-teeth-idUSL4E8JL00020120821
Healthy Ideas to Train Your Brain: http://www.wikihow.com/Exercise-Your-Brain

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