A city life has always been the choice of many individuals who want to stay connected with the world. The city, after all, is the center of intellectual life; the Left Bank of Paris was once Picasso’s haven where he revolutionized modern art; the great art of Shakespeare were a product of the metropolis; even the great Einstein was inspired by commuter trains.
And yet, urban life isn’t always easy. At most, life in the metropolis does not give much time for recreation and relaxation, except in the form of televisions. And while the city is haven for the bright minds, it’s also a taxing and overwhelming place. What’s worse, stress of the modern city bring considerable stress to people’s oral hygiene. Aside from simple teeth problems that require a veneer or implant crown, studies reveal that memory loss is also experienced by people with poor oral hygiene. With stress affecting people’s oral care, age-related problems such as memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is aggravated.
Teeth and Memory
Researchers believe that the pathogen called porphyromonas gingivalis, which causes gum inflammation, can also cause inflammation in the organs of the body. The bacteria in the inflamed gums go to the blood stream and travel to the brain. When they reach the brain, they can damage the tissues and affect your ability to remember.
Good Oral Hygiene to Prevent Memory Loss
Remember that the mind is a limited machine. With the exhausting life in the city, the mind can easily get tired and lose memory. Aside from taking care of the brain, practicing good oral care will help dramatically prevent memory loss. Likewise, other teeth problems that would require tooth extraction or an implant crown will be avoided. So, how do you take care of your teeth? Here’s what you can do:
• Keep your gums healthy by brushing and flossing regularly. Don’t just give in to exhaustion. Make sure that before you drop in your bed at night you have brushed your teeth already. Rinsing your mouth with a mouthwash can also help keep bacteria growth at bay.
• Limit sweet food intake. Keep in mind that even a little amount of sucrose can already hype up bacteria in the teeth. So, make sure to avoid sugary foods and as much as possible don’t snack on sweets, because it is often during snacks that people fail to brush their teeth.
• Increase Vitamin C consumption. Vitamin C rich foods such as lemons, oranges and other citrus fruits help keep the gum healthy. With adequate amount of Vitamin C in the body, gum inflammation will be prevented.
• Don’t smoke and drink too much alcohol and coffee as they stain the teeth and erode tooth enamel.
• If you have diabetes, follow treatment dutifully as uncontrolled diabetes could cause gum infections.
Follow these tips and you can dramatically improve not only your oral health but your mental health as well. Take note that even the simple task to brushing and going to your dentist regularly can powerfully change how you think and remember.