At Trailhead Dental, we think the brain is something to celebrate! The Society for Neuroscience agrees, which is why they declared the week of March 12 as Brain Awareness Week. The campaign brings together people and professionals from many areas. Although everyone has a brain, they might not realize how complex it is or that it’s a cause for celebration.
The Brain is the Most Complicated Organ in the Human Body
Did you know that your brain contains 86 billion neurons? What’s even more amazing is that it uses every one of them. It’s the job of neurons to communicate with other neurons to create circuits and then share information. Your nervous system coordinates the actions of neurons in multiple regions of your brain. It depends on many other systems function normally as well, such as your cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, and immune systems. Unfortunately, your brain can malfunction and cause disability and disease. Some symptoms of the brain, such as a headache with TMJ, can even indicate an oral health problem.
How Neurons Communicate
When you receive a sensory stimulus, such as something you see or hear, your brain converts the stimuli to electrical signals. It then creates chemicals called synapses that enable electrical signals to pass through neurons onto other cells. Electrical signals are responsible for muscle movement and contraction, and any change in the activity of a synapse can increase or decrease its function. Your habits and activities, such as exercise, drug use or stress, affect communication between neurons. Every behavior, perception, or thought you have results from communication between neurons.
How Can You Get Involved in Brain Awareness Week?
You don’t have to be a doctor to help other people become more aware of everything their brain does for them. With permission, you can set up a table at a shopping mall, doctor’s office or community center and hand out promotional materials from the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. Get started by checking out the organization’s website.
If you’re feeling especially motivated, consider organizing a health fair yourself. You can invite local organizations to lecture, distribute material about brain health, or offer free screening tests for brain injury and diseases.
If you have a local science museum in your area, consider contacting an administrator to see if it plans any displays or activities for Brain Awareness Week. You can volunteer to contact people who could potentially give a demonstration or offer to set up displays.
Trailhead Dental Cares About Your Health
Dr. Bryan Limmer and all of us here at Trailhead Dental care about every aspect of your health. There’s often a connection between brain health and poor oral health, according to a study by Dental Patient News. We encourage you to learn as much as you can about both so you can enjoy the highest possible quality of life. Please contact us with questions or to schedule an appointment.