Brush Your Teeth and Help Your Brain
Brush Your Teeth and Help Your Brain

Brush Your Teeth and Help Your Brain

Brushing your teeth twice a day may help keep cavities away, but would you be surprised to find out that it can also mean a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia? Researchers at the University of Bergen have discovered a clear connection between the bacteria that cause gum disease and an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Which makes having routine cleanings at Millennium Smiles in Frisco, Texas, that much more important.

The Norwegian researchers found that the bacteria that contribute to gum disease move from the mouth to the brain. Once in the brain, the bacteria produce a protein that slowly destroys neurons – the nerve cells – of the brain, which can interfere with memory and cognition. Researchers on the project found that 96 percent of the participants in their study that Alzheimer’s disease had a form of gum disease, too.

How You Can Reduce Your Risk

The researchers say that the number one way to help reduce the risk of gum disease and lower your risk of Alzheimer’s is to brush and floss your teeth at least twice per day and floss at least once per day. This helps to break up sticky plaque that forms over the teeth; sticky plaque is also where gum disease-causing bacteria like to hide out.

In addition to brushing and flossing, you should make visiting Millennium Smiles at least twice a year a priority. Some individuals with advanced stages of gum disease should visit us four times a year for periodontal maintenance to remove bacteria from below the gum line.

Signs of Gum Disease

If you’re concerned that you may have untreated gum disease, here are a few signs:

  • Red, sore or painful gums
  • Gums that bleed after brushing – or are bleeding in general
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Swollen gums
  • Difficulty or pain when eating
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
  • Your teeth appear longer than before

If you’re experiencing these signs or symptoms, call Millennium Smiles today at 972- 468-8771 to schedule your appointment today!