Brushing teeth, using floss, getting the teeth cleaned regularly by the dentist can go well beyond mere dental care; it can actually postpone the onslaught of Alzheimer’s disease.
According to a new study by Norwegian scientists, gum disease (gingivitis) can affect nerve cells in the brain, leading to memory loss and Alzheimer’s. The study team has discovered DNA-based proof to this link.
According to researcher Piotr Mydel, who works with the Department of Clinical Sciences in University of Bergen, the bacteria that cause gingivitis can move to brain, where the protein produced by them destroys the nerve cells, resulting in such memory loss.
The study, published in the journal, Science Advances, involved examining 53 people with Alzheimer’s. And 96 percent of them were found to have the harmful enzymes excreted by bacteria.
Piotr Mydel says that though bacteria alone won’t cause Alzheimer’s, their presence in the brain raises the risk of the disease and exacerbates the condition. Fortunately, the process can be slowed down with a proper dental care, avoiding gingivitis.
If you have gingivitis and there are people with Alzheimer’s in the family, Brush your teeth, use floss and go to your dentist regularly and get your teeth properly, Mydel advises.