Alzheimer’s & Gum Disease

Holy cow, if healthy teeth and gums that last a lifetime isn’t enough reason to practice good oral hygiene this certainly would tip the scale for me.

It seems that the bacteria involved in periodontal or gum disease, P. gingivalis, is also linked to Alzheimer’s disease. MedicalNewsToday.com is reporting that, “ In 2010, researchers from New York University (NYU) concluded that there is a link between gum inflammation and Alzheimer’s disease, after reviewing 20 years of data on the association” http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/283649.php

Apparently the bacteria in our mouths can travel to our brains. I found this quote particularly disturbing, “These motile bacteria can leave the mouth and enter the brain via two main routes . . .They can use their movement capability to directly enter the brain. One of the paths taken is to crawl up the nerves that connect the brain and the roots of teeth. The other path is indirect entry into the brain via the blood circulation system.” How creepy is that!

The key to healthy gums is constant, brush your teeth with a soft bristled brush for 2-3 minutes twice a day, floss, or better yet use tooth picks between all of your teeth every day, and if you have  any questions don’t hesitate to call. We love hearing from you. 703-532-1712 FallsChurchSmiles.com

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