You don’t only avoid holes in your teeth by practicing good oral hygiene. Researchers have discovered a connection between gum disease and Alzheimer’s disease. They discovered DNA-based proof that the bacteria causing gingivitis can move from the mouth to the brain.
The bacteria produce a protein that destroys nerve cells in the brain, which in turn leads to loss of memory, and ultimately, Alzheimer’s. The bacteria alone do not cause Alzheimer’s, but the presence of these bacteria raises the risk substantially for developing the disease and is also implicated in a more rapid progression of the disease. However, the good news is that this study shows that there are some things you can do yourself to slow down Alzheimer’s: brush your teeth and use floss. It is important, if you have established gingivitis and have Alzheimer’s in your family, to go to your dentist regularly and clean your teeth properly.
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