A recent study published in the “European Journal of Oral Sciences” found that memory and tooth loss were closely associated. According to animal studies, rats without teeth suffered neuronal loss and damage to the part of the brain associated with memory formation. They were also more likely to have memory and learning problems.
In the study, the participants were missing about a third of their teeth, which could have narrowed their dietary options and led to nutritional deficiencies. According to researchers, teeth may send sensory signals to the brain, so losing natural teeth reduces the sensory input that the brain receives and can affect its overall function. Gum infections, which are the leading cause of tooth loss, may also affect memory loss. Gum disease causes inflammation, which leads to neuronal death.
While a dental implant cannot provide the same sensory input as natural teeth, they can restore your ability to eat nutrient-dense whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains, which nourish your body and your brain. They also help maintain bone structure and stimulate blood supply to the brain. Call our office today to learn more about the effect of tooth loss on memory or to schedule an appointment with our team.