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Could flossing, dental care prevent Alzheimer’s disease?

June 12, 2014

Filed under: Alzheimer's,Dental Care — admin @ 5:24 pm

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Various studies are raising the question, of whether dental hygiene could head off the neurodegenerative disease. Researchers believe gum disease is a sign of inflammation, which may play a role in the destruction of brain cells.

These bacteria enter the bloodstream through daily activities, such as eating, chewing and tooth brushing, but especially following invasive dental treatment, and from there, potentially enter the brain on a regular basis. Researchers propose that every time they reach the brain, the bacteria may trigger immune system responses by already primed brains cells, causing them to release more chemicals that kill neurons. This could be one mechanism that leads to changes in the brain, which is typical of Alzheimer’s disease, and could be responsible for causing symptoms such as confusion and deteriorating memory.

This research indicates a possible association between gum disease and individuals who may be susceptible to developing Alzheimer’s disease, if exposed to the appropriate trigger.

Regular dentist visits are important for prevention of gum disease. Dr. Gasper and his hygienist can remove tartar, which is plaque buildup that can irritate the gums and lead to tooth loss. Dr. Gasper can also detect early signs of gum disease. However, prevention begins at home. Brushing and flossing twice daily, eating right and avoiding tobacco will help prevent gum disease.

At Aesthetics Dentistry by Design in Colorado Springs, we check all our patients for Gum Disease.

Please call for your dental cleaning today. 719-599-0700

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