For most people, teeth cleaning may just be a normal part of your daily routine. But what if the way you clean your teeth today might affect your chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease in years to come? There are about 5.8 million people living with Alzheimer’s. It’s terrible to imagine how many other connected lives are touched by Alzheimer’s on a daily basis. The mind reels.
A number of current, new studies* have found that people with poor oral hygiene or gum disease could be at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s—compared with those who have healthy teeth. There’s a link there. The culprit at the root of this link is usually associated with chronic periodontal (gum) disease. It turns out that DNA tests prove that gingivitis and its related bacteria can travel between the mouth and the brain.
So where’s the glimmer of hope in this connection between oral health and Alzheimer’s, you might ask? What can you do with this new link? Quite a bit, it seems. People don’t always know they suffer from gum disease. So if you know you have gingivitis, that’s great. It’s time to get care from a dentist if you haven’t already. If you don’t know? That’s easy, too. Go see your dentist. And either way? Brush twice a day and use floss.
The important part is to do something. Make and keep your regular checkups. Make sure your teeth are professionally cleaned on the schedule your dentist suggests for your mouth. The health risks of poor oral health can be serious—and now even more so. If you or a loved one seems to be at risk for gum disease or other periodontal issues, please do call our office to see how we can help!
* The University of Bergen. “Brush your teeth—postpone Alzheimer’s.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 3 June 2019.