At this point, it’s safe to say that you’re familiar with the good things that regular brushing of your teeth brings: decreased risk for cavities, whiter teeth, reduced plaque and tartar, keeps periodontitis at bay, and lessening of sexual problems among men. I’m sure you’re aware of the—wait, what?!
Seems a little odd but medical research is slowly seeing a relationship between oral health and one’s overall wellness. So added to an already long list of advantages derived from taking care of your pearly whites and gums are the following surprising health benefits:
Improvement of the Brain’s Function
If you’ve ever wondered what would be another long-term effect of not brushing your teeth (aside from developing a bad case of halitosis), here is an information you might be interested to know: gum disease has shown to have an impact on one’s cognitive function, with subjects often ending up with Alzheimer’s disease in their twilight years. Sounds scary, huh?
According to a research done by a dentistry college in the USA, people with periodontal swelling often got low Digital Symbol Test (or DST, a test used to measure adult IQ) scores. Add to this is a study done in the UK reporting that people who suffer from gingivitis seemed to exhibit poor cognitive health and function in comparison to those who took care of their chompers early on.
Speaking of cognitive health, you might be surprised to know that chiropractors can improve one’s neurological function using a drug-free, hands-on approach.
Prevention of Premature Births
Being pregnant usually requires the mum to manage several health concerns (e.g. watching your weight, keeping your blood pressure in check, doing light exercises, etc.) for her and her unborn baby’s sake. Add to this long list is caring for one’s teeth.
Aside from the fact that the mother has to be wary of pregnancy gingivitis, a mild form of gum problem that manifests itself through bleeding or swollen gums among pregnant women, brushing one’s teeth actually keeps full-blown periodontal disease at bay. So what about it? At present, there have been a number of studies that show links between low birthweight babies or premature births to patients with chronic gum disease. It is understood that healthy babies may start with mummy having healthy gums!
Instrumental to Weight Loss
Have you ever tried eating or drinking something just after you brushed your teeth? How did the food or beverage taste? Our guess is that it wasn’t as pleasant as you initially expected. Indeed, brushing your teeth after you’re done eating often comes with the benefit of making you lose your appetite at just the right time.
Besides getting your taste bud overwhelmingly bland that it makes you want to skip the midnight snack, brushing your teeth often acts as a signal to your brain, telling it that you’re done with your meal. Just this simple act has made a lot of people avoid eating out late at night out of habit or boredom. That means many have been spared from gaining extra weight off these nightly calories that don’t readily get used up because you’re bound to hit the sack right after.
With these positive consequences in mind, your mouth and your waistline will be thankful that you just brushed your teeth after dinner.
Elimination of Respiratory Disease Risks
Many of us wouldn’t normally associate pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with oral health but it turns out that there is another odd correlation right there. It turns out that the bacterial infection resulting from periodontal disease can lead bacteria from plaque to get inside the teeth and into the body.