Latest Alzheimer's Research - Mom Was Right, Again!

Oral Hygiene May Be Linked To Alzheimer's

I can hear my 100% Polish mom say in my mind, whenever I am brushing or flossing my teeth, “Brush your teeth, Stevie!” 

It used to drive me crazy when I forgot and I had to get back out of bed and brush them!

Now I am really glad she was so persistent. Polish and American Scientist have discovered quite a link:

These latest results show an interesting connection between porphyromonas gingivalis bacterium (which causes gum disease) and the root cause of Alzheimer’s, a form of dementia.

In newly published research, scientists have uncovered evidence of how bacterial toxins stemming from poor oral hygiene can make their way into the brain and may well contribute to the disease, and others like it.

Besides my mom, one of the researchers pointed out, “Oral hygiene is very important throughout our life, not only for having a beautiful smile but also to decrease the risk of many serious diseases.”

Jan Potempa, PhD, DSc, the professor involved in the study explains, “People with genetic risk factors that make them susceptible to rheumatoid arthritis or Alzheimer’s disease should be extremely concerned with preventing gum disease.”

What Can You Do to Avoid It

  • Brush and floss your teeth twice a day. 🦷

  • Don’t let plaque build up. 😀

  • See your dentist at regular intervals, whatever your dentist recommends. 🥼

  • Don’t smoke. It makes gum disease harder to treat. 🚭

  • Have a healthy diet. 🍏

  • Exercise. 🏃‍♀️

That’s it.

Wishing you good health and happy teeth and gums!

Dig a Little Deeper

You can find the BBC article related to this study HERE.

With all the conflicting information out there, it’s nice to have a summary from a reputable source. HERE are the latest Alzheimer’s research updates you should know.

And for those with loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer’s or Dementia, here are some local resources and FREE services available:

About the Blogger

Steve’s been helping people understand insurance by simplifying their options for decades. It’s what he loves to do.

He’s also a speaker and advocate of broker/client relations and is regarded as an expert in health care related topics across California and abroad.

When Steve’s not brushing his teeth, you’ll find him on the water, walking his Golden Retriever, in the racquetball court, or on his motorcycle. You can message him here.