Brushing your teeth to avoid dementia, heart disease

London: You may want to remember to brush your teeth daily as a new study has suggested that not doing so can trigger dementia and heart disease, while also can make you look older.

An Indian young girl is brushing her teeth.
An Indian young girl is brushing her teeth.

The study shows that 89 per cent of people believe that bad teeth contribute towards somebody’s age, with 40 per cent admitting that they had never considered how their smile could be affecting their appearance, the Independent reported.

Later this week, the BBC will air the first of a two part series examining Britain’s oral hygiene examining people’s attitudes toward taking care of their teeth.

The documentary also shows that those with chronic inflammation can lead to damage of the circulation system and vital organs, with research showing that bad gums can be linked to the development of illnesses including heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

While many believe that teeth become more brittle over time, research shows that instead, tiny flaws build up on our teeth which, along with erosion of enamels and gum recession, contribute to a build up of bacteria.

Mervyn Druian, a leading dentist, said that when he examines a patient’s mouth he is looking for key factors that both indicate the overall health and assess the wear and tear, the aging, of the mouth.

He added that gums that are red looking and inflamed of have pockets, greying teeth that may be showing signs of small cracks, decay or abrasion are all warning signs that your mouth may be aging faster than it should.