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What Can Our Teeth Teach Us About Brain Health?

A mother and child happily brushing their teeth together.

Dr. Sandi Chapman

Dear friends,We don’t wait until we have a mouth full of cavities before we pay attention to our dental hygiene and start brushing our teeth every day. But that’s exactly what many of us are doing when it comes to our brain health. Thanks to advances in brain science, today we know that the brain can function better and more efficiently when we tend to it proactively. This means doing less of the things that are toxic to our brain’s health and performance on a daily basis, and more of the things that are good for it. And when you adopt brain-healthy habits and keep practicing them your whole life, you can see that your best brain years can be ahead of you! So from now on when you brush your teeth each morning, think about at least one thing you are going to do that day – and build on each day after that – to strengthen your brain’s health and enhance its performance. If you want some ideas on how to get started, check out the tips my team shares in our BrainHealth Boost video series.
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Chief Director Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Co-Leader, The BrainHealth Project

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