It goes on vacation in your body and travels from your mouth to your brain.
Keeping your teeth and mouth as healthy as you can is always of benefit. You’ll impress your date and stay pain-free. But what about avoiding Alzheimer’s?
While brushing and flossing daily can’t ward off dementia completely, a study has shown that getting rid of bacteria on your gums does play a part.
Researchers from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry have found that bacteria involved in gum disease doesn’t stay put: it can travel through your body. While it does, it exudes toxins connected with Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and aspiration pneumonia.
Scientists have found proof of this in brain samples taken from people with Alzheimer’s that show evidence of gum disease bacteria.
“Oral hygiene is very important throughout our life, not only for having a beautiful smile but also to decrease the risk of many serious diseases,” said Jan Potempa, PhD, DSc, a professor at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and head of the department of microbiology at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. “People with genetic risk factors that make them susceptible to rheumatoid arthritis or Alzheimer’s disease should be extremely concerned with preventing gum disease.”
Experts recommend you visit a dental hygienist at least once a year. For more on this study, click here.