Today I’d like to discuss something remarkable yet startling: the unexpected connection between oral health and Alzheimer’s Disease. Recent studies suggest a concerning link, indicating individuals with gum disease are up to 70% more at risk of developing Alzheimer’s. It appears that harmful bacteria from our mouths might journey to our brains, potentially triggering the inflammation and cellular damage seen in this cognitive disorder.
Daily Dental Routines Are Important
What does this mean for our daily dental routines? A whole lot, it turns out. Our diligent brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits aren’t just about keeping our smiles bright; they’re a frontline defense against more profound health issues. By actively maintaining our oral hygiene, we’re taking a stand not just for our dental well-being, but possibly warding off future cognitive decline.
Your Complete Health Profile
Remember, this isn’t just about what happens in your mouth. Your overall lifestyle choices, including diet, exercise, and sleep, play massive roles in this health narrative. As part of your dedicated dental health team, we’re here to guide and support you beyond routine checkups, helping safeguard not just your oral health, but your cherished memories and cognitive vitality.
If you’d like more information regarding Alzheimer’s disease, please visit the Alzheimer’s Association. As always, if you have any dental questions or would like to schedule an appointment please contact us!
Patrick J. Soria, DDS