Routine Tooth brushing Could Postpone Alzheimer’s Disease


Routine Tooth brushing Could Postpone Alzheimer’s Disease

Routine Tooth brushing Could Postpone Alzheimer’s Disease

We all know that cleaning your teeth at least twice a day must be part of your daily routine. The reasons are many; it improves oral health and also overall health. Despite that often we ignore the routine that we must follow to maintain good oral health. But will you continue to ignore the routine brushing of your teeth if you knew that regular cleaning of your teeth could reduce or postpone the chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease?

Some Studies

There have been several kinds of research that were able to establish a connection between gum diseases and Alzheimer’s disease.

  • The University of Bergen, Norway was has been able to prove that Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis), which is the bacteria that causes gum diseases or gingivitis when not cleaned properly from the mouth travels to the brain. This bacteria produces a type of protein that damages nerve cells of the brain. This eventually leads to memory loss causing Alzheimer’s disease.
  • The University of Central Lancashire was the first to establish the connection between P.gingivalis with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • A similar study was published in Science Advances that illustrates how the gum bacteria has been found in the brain cells of the patient’s suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Similar bacteria causing gingivitis were also linked to other diseases like rheumatism, esophageal cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The Mouth Brain Connection

While researches have proved that the presence of P.gingivalis is present in the brain cells of Alzheimer’s disease, it should be taken into consideration that other types of bacteria are also present in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients. Hyper type I virus, people with Down syndrome and also people suffering from cardiovascular diseases are prone to be affected with Alzheimer’s.

However, researches have shown that mice infected with P.gingivalis have the bacteria travel to the brain cells and eventually them getting Alzheimer’s disease.

Brush Your Teeth

P.gingivalis does not the sole cause for Alzheimer’s and not everyone suffering from gum infection get the disease. So before you start the frantic brushing of your teeth it is important to remember a regular brushing will help you to mitigate the ‘risk’ of getting Alzheimer’s that can be caused due to P.gingivalis. Also, if you have any gum infection or issues with your teeth do not neglect it, go to your dentist. It will not only help you in getting a cure but also improve your oral health.

Improved oral health is also a great step toward having better overall health. Whether you want to mitigate the risk of getting Alzheimer’s or not it is vital that you brush your teeth regularly, maintain good oral hygiene to have a better life. Your teeth are special, it boosts your confidence, so take care of it.