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Beyond Tooth Decay: Why Good Dental Hygiene is Important

Post by : admin | 28 May 2024

Most of us are aware that poor dental hygiene can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath – but not brushing your teeth could also have consequences for more serious illnesses.

Alzheimer’s Disease

In 2010, researchers from New York University (NYU) concluded that there is a link between gum inflammation and Alzheimer’s disease, after reviewing 20 years of data on the association. However, the number of participants in the NYU study was fairly small. The researchers analysed data from 152 subjects enrolled in the Glostrup Aging Study – a study looking at psychological, medical and oral health in Danish men and women. The study spanned 20 years and ended in 1984 when the subjects were all over the age of 70.

Analysis showed that a bacterium – Porphyromonas gingivalis – was present in the Alzheimer’s brain samples but not in the samples from the brains of people who did not have Alzheimer’s. What was interesting was that P. gingivalis is usually associated with chronic gum disease.

“These motile bacteria can leave the mouth and enter the brain via two main routes,” the study explains. It was also stated that they can use their movement capability to directly enter the brain. One of the paths taken is to crawl up the nerves that connect the brain and the roots of teeth. The other path is indirect entry into the brain via the blood circulation system.

Simple Steps, Big Impact

Maintaining good dental hygiene doesn’t require drastic changes. Here’s a basic routine to follow:

Brush twice daily: Use fluoride toothpaste and brush for two minutes each time, ensuring you reach all surfaces of your teeth.

Floss once a day: Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between your teeth, where brushing can’t reach.

Regular dental checkups: Schedule regular appointments with your dentist for professional cleanings and examinations. This allows for early detection and treatment of any potential issues.

Remember, a healthy mouth is a gateway to a healthy you. By incorporating these simple steps into your daily routine, you’re investing in your overall well-being and a lifetime of smiles.

If your gums bleed or are concerned about bad breath please call us on 0208 399 4311 to make an appointment to see our gentle hygienist.

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