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Can You Avoid Dementia By Brushing Your Teeth?

The findings of a new study might motivate you to start brushing your teeth more.

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Feeling lazy about brushing? Here’s a great reason to show your smile some love: A study from the University of Southern California found that people who reported not brushing their teeth daily had a 22 to 65 percent greater risk of dementia than those who brushed three times a day. The connection between your gums and your grey matter probably has something to do with a process that Brett Finlay, co-author of Let Them Eat Dirt, refers to as “inflammaging,” a chronic low-grade activation of the immune system that takes a toll on your body. When harmful bacteria colonize your gums, their inflammatory byproducts seep through the gums and into your body, where all that inflammation can lead to dementia and heart disease. Brushing on a regular basis could help prevent this micro-level mayhem. Click through to see the three toothbrushes we’re loving right now.

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Smile with confidence


Plaque won’t stand a chance against this toothbrush, which features feathered bristle tips that gently cleans your pearly whites.

Oral-B Pro-Health Compact Clean Toothbrush, $8.96 at walmart.ca.

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Perfectly polished

If you’re looking for a naturally whiter smile, this is the toothbrush for you. This whitening toothbrush has special spiral bristles that are designed to polish teeth and remove stains for a healthier, happier smile.

Life Brand Optimal Whitening Toothbrush, $4.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart. 

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For the Softies

Love soft-bristled toothbrushes? Look no further.  This toothbrush is gentle enough for even the most sensitive gums and teeth.

Sensodyne Precision Soft Toothbrush, $11.45 at amazon.ca.

Originally Published in Best Health Canada