Another important issue as you get older is the risk of detiorating cognitive function. Dementia may be linked to dental health is three ways. Firstly as we have just explored, losing teeth will lead to poorer nutrition, and a healthy diet is important for brain health. Secondly the bacteria and inflammatory factors involved in gum disease that enter the bloodstream may have an effect on the brain. Thirdly it may be that the increased blood flow to the brain during chewing helps to keep the brain healthy. In fact Researchers at the Bayor College of Medicine found that students who chewed gum regularly got better scores on maths tests than those who did not. Conversely a team of Swedish researchers found people who had a problem chewing hard foods had an increased risk of dementia.
However, if you are unfortunate enough to lose teeth help is at hand. Dental implants provide a fantastic solution, and allow you to chew, crunch and gnash your way through any foods you would eat with your own teeth.
But even better is to keep your teeth strong and healthy from the start. So dig out that floss from the back of the cupboard and remember to come and see the dentist and hygienist every 6 months.
Happy smiling everyone!