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Possible Link Between Missing Teeth and Memory Loss

Posted on 23.04.2014 by perfectsmile

Of all the problems which can afflict the dental health of a person, perhaps the most striking and obvious is the case of a tooth which is missing altogether. It doesn’t really matter if the tooth in question is knocked out in an accident, becomes decayed or falls out through gum disease, the effects can be devastating. The gap which has been left behind not only looks unpleasant but, if it’s in certain areas of the mouth, it can even affect the speaking voice of the person concerned. Knowing that you’ve got a gaping hole where a tooth used to be is something which will have a terrible effect upon even the most confident person. Whether it’s true or not, the conviction that everyone you speak to is only concentrating on the gap in your smile will make it impossible to relax and truly be yourself.

On top of these considerations is the fact that a gap in your teeth can provide the perfect crevice for food debris and material such as plaque to gather, increasing your overall risk of tooth decay. Even worse than this is the fact that the teeth on either side of the gap will shift to fill it, something which will alter the basic shape of your face. The good news is that cosmetic teeth surgery offers a range of treatments to fill gaps of this kind, of which the most effective and convenient is an implant. If you’re coping with a gap in your teeth then pay a visit to a Perfect Smile dental implant clinic and the dentist dealing with you will assess your teeth and decide whether an implant would be the correct course of treatment. If it is, then the first part of the process will involve implanting a metal stud into the jaw bone. Over the course of the next few weeks, this stud, which is made of titanium, will grow into the bone, thus becoming permanently attached and taking the place of the root of the tooth which is missing. Once this process has taken place, your dentist will fit a specially made artificial tooth onto this pin. The tooth will have been carefully modelled to match the rest of your teeth and to replace the one which is missing, and will provide a natural looking replacement which, if looked after properly, will last for many years.

The aesthetic and psychological reasons for replacing a missing tooth have already been outlined, but perhaps even more pressing reason to deal with the problem has been outlined by research carried out in Norway and Sweden which has recently been published in the European Journal of Oral Sciences which outlines a link between missing teeth and problems with memory loss. The study in question looked at 273 people aged between 55 and 80 with an average number of teeth amounting to 22, 10 less than should be present. The subjects were tested on their ability to recall specific facts, information and memories and it was found that people in possession of a full set of teeth were 4 per cent more likely to have better recall than those without. The theory put forward to explain this phenomenon was that the lesser movement of the jaw when fewer teeth are present means that the hippocampus section of the brain, which is responsible for memory functions, receives less stimulation.

Shocking though this revelation may be it is only the latest in a long line of links and associations between poor dental health and more serious conditions. The more research is carried out the more it becomes apparent that healthy teeth and a healthy mouth vastly increase the likelihood of a healthy you.

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