If anyone doesn’t brush their teeth correctly, be warned it may lead to a brain stroke.
According to the preliminary research that will be presented at the 2023 International Stroke Conference hosted by the American Stroke Association, taking care of your teeth and gums may have benefits that go beyond oral health, such as increasing brain function.
New research indicates that markers of bad oral health including gum disease, missing teeth, and plaque buildup are associated with an increased risk of stroke.
Studies, as reported by times now news, have shown that gum disease, missing teeth, and other related signs can be linked to poor oral health, in addition to bad brushing habits and inadequate plaque removal, increasing the risk of stroke, according to the American Stroke Association. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States.
Previous research has also found that oral health conditions and other concerns related to oral health are linked to factors that increase the risk of heart diseases and other conditions such as high blood pressure.
What was not clear was whether poor oral health affected brain health, that is, the functional status of the brain, which we can now understand better using neuroimaging tools such as magnetic resonance imaging or functional magnetic resonance imaging.
Just as lifestyle choices affect the risk of heart disease and stroke, they also affect brain health, which includes a person’s ability to recall things, think clearly, and function in life. Three out of every five people in the United States will develop brain diseases in their lifetime, according to the latest estimates from the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association.
Between 2014 and 2021, researchers in this study analyzed the possible relationship between oral health and brain health among approximately 40,000 adults (46% men, average age 57) without a recorded history of stroke in the UK biobank. Participants were screened for 105 genetic variables known to predispose individuals to cavities, dental caries, and tooth loss later in life, and the relationship was evaluated between the burden of these genetic risk factors and poor oral and brain health.
Brain health was assessed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the participants’ brains, measuring markers of brain health such as white matter hyperintensity, which is known to accumulate in the brain and may impair memory, balance, and movement; and structural brain damage, which is the degree of change in the fine structure of the brain compared to MRI scans of the healthy brain structure of a normal-aged adult.
The analysis found that individuals who are genetically prone to periodontitis or missing teeth, or those who need dental implants, have a higher burden than those with silent cerebral small vessel diseases, which represents a 24% increase in the number of hyperintensities seen in magnetic resonance imaging scans.
Those who suffer from poor oral health genetically may have increased subsequent harm to the fine structure of the brain, as represented by a 43% change in visible structural brain damage grades in magnetic resonance imaging scans. Brain damage grades are summaries of the full extent of damage that has occurred to the fine structure of each brain region.
It is said that “Poor oral health can lead to brain decline, so we need to be more vigilant about our oral hygiene because its effects go beyond the mouth.” “However, this is a preliminary study, and more evidence is needed – ideally through randomized trials – to confirm that improving oral health in populations will lead to brain health benefits.
We all know that it is very important to brush our teeth daily so that plaque does not form. Our teeth should always look clean. However, it is also important to clean them properly. Bacteria are always present in our mouths and on our teeth, even when we eat. To remove these bacteria, we use toothpaste that contains proteins, carbohydrates, and other active ingredients. This helps us remove plaque from our teeth. Sometimes, a white substance may appear, which is difficult to remove. But when it becomes soft, we can easily remove it by brushing our teeth. When we swallow toothpaste, it can cause a white residue in our mouth, which can be removed by spitting. Generally, this substance can be removed by brushing. Most people pay more attention when they notice it from outside. They also make sure to clean the last part of their teeth after brushing. They pay attention to the internal and external surfaces of the teeth and also clean them.