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Is there an association between chronic periodontitis and Alzheimer’s disease?

A new study from the journal of Geriatrics & Gerontology International suggests Chronic Periodontitis may play major role in aggravation of Alzheimer’s.

After a recent association between peripheral inflammation and Alzheimer’s disease was hypothesized, researchers began looking at chronic periodontitis, which is a widespread peripheral immunoinflammatory condition. In this study, researchers consider the impact it may play in the aggravation of Alzheimer’s disease.

Read the journal abstract from Geriatrics & Gerontology International.

How to Help Prevent Periodontal Disease

  1. Brush your teeth – Sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s always a good reminder. Brushing after meals helps remove bacteria-causing food particles that like to get caught between gums and down into the gums. Bacteria that stays beneath the gums leads to gum recession, tooth loss, and inflammation.
  2. Floss -This gets the debris your toothbrush won’t take out! Brushing alone just won’t cut it!
  3. Use mouthwash – A third line of defense for removing plaque and debris, but never to be substituted for brushing and flossing!
  4. See your hygienist regularly – Seeing your hygienist every 3-6 months will help you stay on top of any problem areas! At these valuable hygiene appointments, you can be alerted of potential cavity formation and instructed how you can possibly reverse them! Your hygienist will inspect your gums thoroughly and clean out the inflammation-causing debris!
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