We found a good article on the 1-800-Dentist blog about how daily flossing and regular dental cleanings in particular — can play a role in staving off the onset of Alzheimer’s.
From the article:
Worried about developing Alzheimer’s disease? Many people are and with good reason. The World Health Organization reports that the number of cases of dementia is expected to double by 2030, and more than triple by 2050. The National Institute on Aging says that approximately 25 percent of Americans have the gene connected with the development of dementia.
According to a study by the University of Southern California, having periodontal disease before age 35 quadrupled the odds of getting Alzheimer’s later in life. The research found that seniors with tooth and gum diseases like periodontitis score lower on memory and cognition tests. Experts on aging believe that inflammation related to diseases of the mouth actually migrates to the brain and over time causes dementia.
Think of it this way: Dental floss is like mental floss when it comes to preventing the build up of plaque that’s been linked to gingivitis, hardening of the arteries and dementia.
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