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The Link between Alzheimer's and Oral Health

Posted on 11/7/2022 by Moyer Office
The Link between Alzheimer's and Oral HealthAlzheimer's is a disease that causes brain memory loss and loss of language and cognitive skills. Dentists identified the bacteria that cause this disease as similar to gum diseases. Thus, dentists have proven a connection between Alzheimer's and oral health.

Alzheimer's and Oral Health

Dentists have identified a common bacteria called Porphyromonas gingivalis that contributes to gum diseases. While attacking the gums, it produces a toxic enzyme called gingipains that causes them to deteriorate quickly if not prevented early. Moreover, this bacteria is similar to the one that causes Alzheimer's.

When the bacteria release the gingipains toxic enzyme at the gum level, they travel through the neuron system to the brain. The poison is very deadly and can destroy the brain neurons with great intensity.

How to Prevent the Development of Alzheimer's through Oral Health

Your oral health plays an essential role in the overall health of your body. More so, the health of your gums is vital in maintaining balanced health between various body systems. To prevent the development of this disease, its recommended to follow a proper dental care routine and improvise it with dental practices.

Regular brushing of the teeth, flossing, and regular dental visits are necessary to maintain good oral health. Also, avoiding foods like tobacco, sugary foods, and sweets can help prevent this disease. Managing the health of your gums is very important as poor gums can cause severe dental issues to your oral health that can be a risk to other extreme health conditions.

Poor oral health is a significant risk factor for Alzheimer's and other related diseases, such as high blood pressure and heart health. Gum diseases take advantage of a poorly cleaned mouth and can progress quickly if not addressed.

Therefore, ensure that your mouth, teeth, and gums are cleaned and properly maintained. To maintain oral health, visit our offices for mouth screening for infections and gum diseases and regular checkups.

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