Unexpected Link Between Hair Loss and Teeth
Recent research conducted by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) studied keratin mutations in the hair and its effect on dental enamel, the hardest substance in our bodies. Keratin is an important structural protein present in our outer skin, nails and in the hair and hair shaft. It’s also a component of tooth enamel. The research indicates that people with a keratin gene disorder (causing hair loss) may also have abnormal tooth enamel resulting in tooth weakness and subsequent increase of cavities.
Bottom line: If you’ve been less than vigilant with your normal brushing and flossing routine over the holidays, now’s the time to make sure you get back into a healthy routine to protect those important pearly whites!