Brush your teeth, boost your brainpower!

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Murky memory? Inspect your mouth! In a new study in the European Journal of Oral Sciences, researchers found that people with fewer natural teeth performed worse on mental exercises, regardless of their age. People who have more teeth are probably more health-conscious and take better care of themselves, as well as their teeth.

No matter the reasoning, it’s wise to keep your chompers healthy. Here’s how;.

Be gentle

Brushing too hard can be abrasive and damaging to your teeth. If you have the tendency to be heavy-handed with your toothbrush, try an electric model. It’s difficult to apply too much force with an electric brush.When you come in for your periodic cleaning and check-up, Dr. Cohen and our hygienist will recommend the type of tooth brush you should be using.

Redefine flossing

When you are out and don’t have access to floss, opt for small brushes or soft toothpicks from the oral care aisle. In a pinch, this method is effective, but will not replace dental floss for eveyday use.

Rinse, then brush

Wait at least 30 minutes after a meal to brush your teeth. Acid from food is strongest right after you finish a meal, so brushing right away does more harm than good. Instead, rinse your mouth with water after every meal to neutralize some of the acid first.

Chew it over

Chewing gum stimulates saliva, which neutralizes acid. Choose a brand that contains xylitol, a sugar-free sweetener that has been proven to have an effect on bacteria that causes tooth decay.

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