Do you have trouble remembering things? It may be the result of tooth loss.
New research just published in the European Journal of Oral Sciences points to a link between tooth loss and subsequent memory issues. The problem may come from fewer signals being sent to the "hippocampus" section of the brain -- the part responsible for memory. The hippocampus is stimulated by movement of the jaw and teeth. But, when teeth are missing these movements are impeded, and that can adversely affect memory.
According to the study, people who have most of their own teeth are 4% more likely to have a better memory than those who are missing teeth.
The bottom line: keeping teeth and gums healthy can also mean a healthy memory!