Make Your Dental Appointment, Before You Forget
If you haven’t seen to a dentist in a while, maybe you forgot. But seriously, seeing the dentist is important for many reasons and has now been proven to be directly connected to Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists know that dental plaque is corelated to multiple systemic issues, such as cardiovascular disease. According to Science Alert, more studies are being done on Alzheimer’s relation to poor oral health. The article states, “one of the most definitive leads yet for a bacterial culprit behind Alzheimer's, and it comes from a somewhat unexpected quarter: gum disease.” In these studies, victims of the disease had the same bacteria of periodontal disease in their brain as well as in their mouth. Furthermore, “even more compellingly, the team identified these toxic gingipains in the brains of deceased people who were never diagnosed with Alzheimer's” which leads the team to believe they would inevitably have been diagnosed if they had lived longer. Did you know there are 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, and nearly 14 million will have the disease by 2050? That’s one person being diagnosed every 65 seconds.
For more information, read the full articles by clicking on the links below. Or visit your dentist today and find out your risk of gum disease. Stay healthy by brushing and flossing daily, since prevention is the only method to stop these bacteria.
By Leah Sigler, RDH
Director of Operations