Did you know that your memory (or lack thereof) can be linked to your oral hygiene? A report in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry (webmd.com) showed that adults with gingivitis (swollen, bleeding gums) performed worse on tests of memory and other cognitive skills than those with healthier gums and mouths. Individuals with gingivitis were more likely to perform poorly in mainly two areas, subtraction and verbal recall. Both skills are imperative, as they are used in daily life.

A common hindrance to good oral hygiene is crooked teeth. Having crooked teeth makes it harder to floss and many give up flossing because it is difficult to get in between teeth. What people need to remember is that flossing is THE best way to remove plaque from in between teeth! Plaque is essentially bacteria and, if not removed, grows within the gums, causing gingivitis.

Let Dr. Norma Chou, Orthodontist, help you and your child with your oral health. Located in downtown Toronto, Dr. Chou is able to examine your mouth and to give expert advice on how orthodontic treatment can help you or your child to improved oral health. It may even help to increase your child’s test scores, so why not give it a try?

Research supports that a healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand. Good oral hygiene and oral health can improve your overall health, reducing the risk of serious disease and perhaps even preserving your memory in your golden years.

Give Dr. Chou a call today at to improve your oral health and possibly improve your memory!

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