Gum Disease Linked To Alzheimer’s

Here’s another reason to take good care of your teeth: Gum disease may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease, a small study suggests. According to a recent article in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, “there is an association between oral bacteria and Alzheimer disease, but not causal association.” The study was done at the University of Florida at the College of Dentistry.

According to the researches bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream during chewing, brushing, flossing and dental procedures. The bacteria can travel in the blood to the brain and can potentially lead to brain tissue degeneration that appears similar to Alzheimer’s.

About 64 percent of Americans have moderate or severe gum disease based on statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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