Dental health and general well being is not necessarily a given. The process typically involves the efforts of an individual in regards to eating a healthy diet, exercising, minimizing vices (tobacco and alcohol consumption) and practicing good oral hygiene as how well a person takes care of their mouth will directly impact the health of their entire body.
Despite the medical and insurance industries being broken down into two basic categories of general health (overseen by doctors) and oral health (headed up by dentists) in real life there is no clear-cut division of areas in the body. Instead, the entire body including flesh, blood, organs, bones and teeth are forever intertwined and practicing oral hygiene is essential to ensure that all systems are a go.
Oral hygiene is an essential part of the dental care and general well-being equation. When humans consume food, trace elements of sugars are deposited on teeth. When that happens, oral bacteria start their process of breaking down those particles even further. When they do, the bacteria will produce a tooth decaying bacteria as a side effect of their handiwork and oral bacteria will band together to form dental plaque. When left unchecked, the latter can cause a myriad of dental problems (such as tartar buildup, halitosis, dental abscesses and potentially tooth loss). Because of the mouth/body connection, the oral cavity is not the only part of the body that can be negatively impacted.
Dental Health and Dementia
Dementia (the loss of cognitive ability) is disease typically associated with aging. Those burden with the condition will show signs of diminished memory, attention, language and problem solving over a half a year period. No matter if the dementia is linked to Alzheimer' Disease or another condition, research has found that early tooth loss is an indicator that shows an increased risk of developing the illness.
The findings were published in October 2007's Journal of the American Dental Association. Researchers had that individuals who lost more teeth before their 35 birthday had a greater risk of being impacted by the brain diminishing disease than their counterparts with healthy smiles. At the time, the scientists could not conclude that losing teeth caused dementia, but there was no denying the correlation between the two.