dental instrumentsThe above question may seem like a strange one. However, in light of the recent findings published in a study that draws a connection between tooth loss and the decline of cognitive abilities, it is a relevant one. The study in question administered thinking and memory tests to almost 6,000 men and women, all of whom had suffered some degree of tooth loss. The results of this study are quite compelling in that the results began to stratify according to the level of tooth loss experienced by the test taker. Thus, those who had lost the most teeth performed worst on the test, while those who had lost the fewest teeth performed best. It certainly seems, therefore, that tooth loss and mental health are directly connected, although the exact nature of that connection is still very much in question. If you were to take one thing away from this study, therefore, it might be that your oral health is very valuable and in order to preserve it you should attend a dental cleaning with your Brighton dentist, Dr. Thomas Villani, regularly.

How Dental Cleanings Preserve Teeth

Some people neglect dental cleanings, reasoning that they take good care of their teeth and, thus, do not need the help of a professional. Unfortunately, by neglecting a professional cleaning, these people are putting their oral health at unnecessary risk. You see, bacteria are ultimately responsible for tooth decay. These microscopic assailants attach themselves to teeth by forming plaque (a clear, sticky film). Brushing and flossing can remove plaque, lowering the risk of tooth decay. However, if plaque is not removed for 48 hours, it will harden into tartar, a substance that cannot be brushed or flossed away.

Fortunately, dental hygienists are able to remove tartar from teeth with special dental instruments designed to scrape the stubborn substance from teeth. Thus, dental cleanings are very beneficial in that they permit the removal of bacteria that would otherwise linger on teeth and attack them. The more damage that these bacteria create, the poorer the condition of the teeth will become, and if dental care is neglected, the likelihood that the teeth will be lost increases.

About Brighton Family Dental Group: Brighton Family Dental Group is located in Brighton MA. Featuring experienced dentists and an excellent range of in-office treatments, Brighton Family Dental Group is a great destination for any member of your family who is in need of dental care. Patients can schedule an appointment or a consultation with Dr. Thomas Villani by calling (617) 562-5210.