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Brushing Your Teeth Prevents Dementia?

Brushing Your Teeth Prevents Dementia?

We receive many emails per day regarding current health issues and a study done at the University of California on the elderly and dental hygiene caught our eye. 

Researchers at the University of California who followed nearly 5,500 elderly people over an 18-year-period found that those who reported brushing their teeth less than once a day were up to 65 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who brushed daily.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and seems to suggest that there is a relationship between gum disease bacteria and the onset of Alzheimer's.

It is suggested that gum disease bacteria might get into the brain, causing inflammation and brain damage. 

So does this mean that the simple task of brushing one's teeth two times per day will prevent Dementia? Obviously not. There are many other factors which can contribute to the onset of this disease but dental hygiene may play a part in prevention. 

Inflammation stoked by gum disease-related bacteria is implicated in a host of conditions including heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

We can expect more studies in the future regarding Dementia, but this one was very revealing.

 

Yours to natural health!