It has been long known that oral health is directly related to overall health, but it goes even deeper than that. Recent research suggests that gum disease caused by poor health habits may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease, meaning this debilitating illness may be preventable. Let’s take a closer look.

Bacteria Moves from the Mouth to the Brain

A recent American study has detailed how a certain type of bacteria associated with gum disease called Porphyromonas gingivalis has been found in the brains of some patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Further tests on mice showed that the bacteria did indeed spread from their mouths to their brains, where it destroyed vital nerve cells. While this information is certainly alarming, it is also promising in that it shows us that Alzheimer’s may be preventable. There are other factors in play of course, like genetics and health history, but the link between Alzheimer’s and oral health is getting clearer and clearer.

Prevention with Good Oral Health Habits

If you have a family member who suffered from or is currently suffering from Alzheimer’s disease it is even more important that you are practicing good oral hygiene habits. Regular brushing and flossing are essential, as well as regular dental visits and exams. Gum disease is entirely treatable, so see your dentist at the first sign of gum problems.

Prevent Alzheimer’s With the Help of Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts

Take control of your oral health. If you are seeing any warning signs of gum disease, such as bleeding, swelling, pain or sensitivity in the gum area, make an appointment with Dr. Zola Makrauer or Dr. Julie Miller at Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts today.  Have healthy gums? Be sure to keep them healthy with regular checkups and cleanings.