A new study shows that those who have a greater amount of unhealthy gum bacteria in their mouth are more likely to have the protein marker for Alzheimer's disease. Conversely, the research suggests that higher levels of healthy bacteria may be protective against Alzheimer's because they help maintain bacterial balance and decrease inflammation.You can read more about the study here.
In the U.S., nearly 70% of older adults (aged 65 plus) have gum disease. Gum disease promotes inflammation in the mouth and has been linked to not just Alzheimer's but a whole host of health concerns such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer and osteoporosis.
There are a number of ways to combat gum disease:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
- Opt for an electric toothbrush to maximize your cleaning potential.
- Make sure your toothbrush has soft or extra-soft bristles.
- Replace your toothbrush every three months.
- Floss daily.
- Use a natural mouthwash.
- Visit your dentist at least once a year. :)