Researchers have discovered that gingivitis plays a key role in the development of Alzheimer’s. Gum disease can make you more likely to develop memory and motor function loss according to their findings. Gingivitis bacteria can migrate from the mouth to the brain by producing a protein that destroys nerve cells in the brain. Bacteria is not the sole culprit of memory loss, but their presence indicates a more elevated risk for developing Alzheimer’s by rapidly progressing it.
Fortunately, simple at home oral care can slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s and reduce the risk of developing the disease altogether through regular brushing and flossing. With regular dental cleanings, the risk is further reduced through a deep clean not achievable at home.
These new findings from the University of Bergen have been instrumental in identifying patterns of DNA destroying enzymes. With this knowledge, researchers and scientists have developed new approaches to combating Alzheimer’s through medicine. A new drug that blocks the harmful enzymes has been will be tested later this year that can slow down the development of Alzheimer’s.
Better oral health will greatly reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s so be sure to follow your dentist’s advice to not only keep your mouth clean but also keep your brain healthy.