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What Your Hair Could Be Saying About Your Teeth

By: rattihanda on November 18th, 2015

We all strive to maintain healthy teeth and hair. We brush and tend to our hair. We floss our teeth and schedule regular cleanings. But did you know that oral health and healthy hair are connected?

At this spring’s General Session and Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research, a study called “Hair Keratins as Structural Organic Components of Mature Enamel: The Link Between Hair Disorders and Susceptibility to Dental Caries” was presented to high acclaim.

In this study, it was found that mutations in keratin can have a negative effect on dental health. Keratins are the fibrous proteins that protect epithelial cells from damage or stress. They are the key structural components making up the hair shaft, as well as the outer layer of skin.

In some cases it was found that mutated keratin correlated to poorer dental health. Those with hair disorders, like hair loss, could be prone to an increase in tooth cavities, due to altered tooth enamel structure and hardness.

Of course, proper oral hygiene, genetics and dietary choices are always big contributors to overall dental health. That said, make sure you’re brushing your hair and your teeth to the fullest!

For more information on the link between hair and oral hygiene, read here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/03/150314084150.htm

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