Posted on 4/10/2018 by Implant & Periodontal Associates NW
If you have poor oral hygiene or if you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you may have a greater risk of getting Alzheimer's disease, according to some research from the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease that was published online in May. Gum disease is a buildup of plaque on your teeth that causes your gums to swell and get infected.
Researchers looked at samples of brain tissues that was donated by 10 people that didn't have dementia and 10 people who did. They found that the people with dementia had gum disease and the other did not. The bacteria can enter your bloodstream by eating, chewing, and when you brush your teeth. Once that bacteria is in your bloodstream, it can be carried to other parts of your body.
When That Bacteria Reaches the Brain
The researchers that studied the brains hypothesized that when that kind of bacteria reaches your brain that it can trigger your immune system response that kills your brain cells.
The immune system response could be a factor that leads to changes in your brain, which can lead to Alzheimer's disease. The bacteria can cause symptoms like confusion and deteriorating your memory. This hypothesis remains to be proven that having poor oral hygiene can cause dementia in healthy people.
So, it is always best for you to have healthy teeth and gums, and to make sure you exercise daily and eat healthy foods. It is also wise to brush and floss your teeth everyday twice a day, you can also use mouthwash and brush your tongue for fresher breath.
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