Researchers have discovered a link between periodontitis, more commonly referred to as long-term gum disease, and the mental deterioration disease, Alzheimer’s.
“People with chronic gum inflammation for 10 or more years were 70 percent more likely than people without periodontitis to develop Alzheimer’s disease.”
Good Dental Care Is Important to Your Overall Health
While they are not sure if chronic gum disease is a risk factor or may actually be a partial cause to the development of Alzheimer’s, any sort of connection is troubling. This recent revelation should be an eye-opener to show people of all ages just how important dental care is. No matter how young you are or old you get, proper dental hygiene is important to prevent gum disease. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, use mouthwash, and scrape your tongue to ensure your pearly whites stay healthy for years to come.
To learn more about this study and the link between periodontitis and Alzheimer’s disease refer to Long-Term Gum Disease Linked To Alzheimer’s Disease.