- Research shows an association between gum disease and Alzheimer’s risk – the most common form of dementia.
- Experts at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine blame gum disease on a bacterium known as F. nucleatum which raised Alzheimer’s risk in mice.
- Studies suggest that it reduces memory and thinking abilities in mice.
Although the study does not establish an association between gum disease and Alzheimer’s definitively, it said that poor oral health may worsen the symptoms.
Tips to lower the risk of gum disease
Although the best way to beat gum disease risk is by maintaining good oral hygiene, one continues to be susceptible to it with age. And for those struggling with cancer or diabetes or those who smoke, the odds are higher.
Some of the best tips to beat gum disease risk include:
- Visit a dentist every six months
- Brush the teeth twice a day
- Spit after brushing, do not rinse
- Floss regularly to clean between the teeth
- Replace the toothbrush in one to three months
- Quit smoking
- Stop smoking
In most cases, Alzheimer’s disease is believed to be genetic and driven by family history. However, with the right diet and lifestyle choices, one can lower the odds of it or at least manage it well.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.