April 5, 2019
Unhealthy gums can not only cause a serious problem for your oral health but surprisingly, it can also be problematic for your overall brain function. Researchers have spent much time looking into what can cause Alzheimer’s. While they cannot definitively say that gum disease does cause the brain disease, there are a few areas that tie closely together. To find out more about how this is possible, your dentist in Carrollton explains.
Keeping Your Gums in Check
Keeping your natural teeth is a goal both you and your dentist want to achieve, and one way to do that is with healthy gums. When brushing and flossing each morning and night, you’re making sure your teeth stay healthy and cavity-free. You’re also freeing your gums from harmful bacteria that can grow above and below the gum line.
According to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, 75% of Americans have gum disease, and many don’t even know it. When gum disease develops and progresses into more advanced stages, it not only affects the mouth, but it can lead to a myriad of health-related problems such as respiratory, cardiovascular, and even neurological diseases.
The Link Between Unhealthy Gums and Brain Function
Yes, gum disease can lead to the development of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, but it can also cause issues with brain function. Patients who possess the bacterium, Porphyromonas gingivalis, have been known to have poor oral health. They’ve also been known to be at a higher risk of developing dementia.
When your gums become infected due to harmful bacteria, it can cause them to become inflamed and the infection to enter the bloodstream. Once inflammation reaches the brain, vital neurons may be destroyed due to the body trying to fight off the infection. This can ultimately result in memory loss.
Healthy Gums and Healthy Brain: Preventive Measures You Can Take
If you have a family member who suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s, it may be difficult for them to remember to take care of their teeth and gums properly. If possible, try to help them in a way that is feasible for both you and your loved one.
However, if you are the one who doesn’t practice good oral habits, there are a few things you should immediately do to prevent gum disease.
- Practice good oral hygiene: Each morning and night, brush your teeth for two minutes (30 seconds in each quadrant). Also, remember to floss at least once a day.
- Rinse: Use an antiseptic mouthwash to remove any remaining bacteria or food particles that can be in the crevices of your teeth and gums.
- Eat healthy foods: Maintain a balanced diet, avoiding sugary snacks and acidic foods and drinks
Stay ahead of the game when it comes to your oral and overall health. If you want your body and brain to stay healthy for years to come, make sure you’re taking the proper measures to keep your oral health in check!
About the Practice
At On Point Dentistry, our dedicated team is committed to offering comprehensive dentistry to all our patients in and around Carrollton. Providing personalized care, you can expect each member of our team to take the time to get to know you. Your dental needs are important to us, and we never approach dentistry as one-size-fits-all. You can rest assured that your specific needs will be met with a customized treatment plan. For questions or to learn more about our services, contact us at (972) 418-8461.
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