Chances are that when most of us brush our teeth, we aren’t thinking about how the daily habit could affect our ability to combat Alzheimer’s disease.
Believe it or not, poor oral health can lead to gum disease. And gum disease can be a risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s.
The first phase of gum disease is called gingivitis. This problem is reversible with good oral care and proper assistance from a dentist. But if left untreated, pockets of bacteria can form in the mouth and cause further problems.
Interestingly, researchers from the University of Central Lancashire have found that gum disease can migrate from the mouth to the brain. In the brain, nerve cells are destroyed, causing memory loss and other symptoms that mimic what we know as Alzheimer’s disease.
Routine brushing, flossing once a day, and visiting a dentist regularly can help treat any lurking disease and weaken the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. So don’t put off that dental office visit any longer. We would be happy to assess your oral health and assist you on the path to optimal results!