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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Brush for Brain Health!

Researchers from New York University found that gum disease may be associated with an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
gum disease and alzheimer%27s resized 600Inflammation in the gums may also lead to inflammation in the brain which over time can cause cognitive dysfunction. This is based on 20 years of data which supports the theory that there is a link between periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Participants in the study, aged 70 years old, were nine times more likely to have scored lower on brain function tests than the participants who did not have periodontal inflammation.
While other factors may have contributed to the poor test scores, the association between the gum disease and the Alzheimer’s disease was strong. This research supported an earlier study which had found that Alzheimer’s patients had higher levels of antibodies and inflammatory molecules associated with gum disease in their plasma compared to healthy people.
If you don’t brush and floss already this is just another reason why you should pay special attention to your oral health. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and other systemic illnesses so it is vital that you take good care of your mouth!

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