Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Oral Bacteria Linked to Alzheimer's Disease

Dentistry Today ran a fascinating article on the connection between oral bacteria and Alzheimer's disease.

Research in the Journal of Oral Microbiology has shown that once oral bacteria passes the blood-brain barrier, any of them can be implicated in Alzheimer's Disease. While this study focused primarily on two fungal proteins, there are over 900 different bacteria in the mouth at any given time.

Late-onset Alzheimer's Disease is not related to one single cause, rather a combination of factors including genetics and environmental factors. While a long-term treatment of antibiotics would be impractical, the most successful way to combat this link to Alzheimer's is to have excellent oral health care habits.

This month, as we focus on National Hygiene Month, we can't emphasize enough how important staying up on your semi-annual cleanings and exams can be. Dr. Clark and our hygienists has been able to prevent major health problems, as well as detect the onset of serious medical conditions in some of our patients because they were consistent with their exams.

Your health and life is valuable. Taking that extra few minutes every day to brush and floss, and then schedule your semi-annual cleanings can give you the edge in staying healthy and active for years to come.

If you have gum disease now, or have skipped your last exam, please call to schedule your appointment today. 

Don't Risk Your Health!

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