In Italy there are almost one and a half million people suffering from senile dementia. Then 600 thousand of these are affected by Alzheimer’s. These are important numbers, yet we still know very little about this disease. We do not know the causes, nor the cure. However, a new study has shed light on a possible correlation between these pathologies and the health of a specific part of the body. So, we should take care of it and we could reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s thanks to this simple habit. Although this may be just one of the many health benefits. In fact, it seems that a deep care of this part of the body can also decrease the risk of cardiovascular diseases. This is because it is an easy gateway for bacteria which can then reach the blood, heart and brain.
One possible cause
In the scientific community, a correlation between oral hygiene and Alzheimer’s has been hypothesized for some time. A recent study published in Science Advance seems to provide concrete evidence to this effect. At the root of this correlation is Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg), a bacterium associated with gum disease. In fact, it seems that experiments on mice have shown that inserting this bacterium into their bodies can destroy their neurons. Furthermore, PG was present in the brains of 51 out of 53 people who were suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s at the time of death. The study clarifies that this bacterium is also present in the brains of healthy subjects, but in smaller quantities.
What does it all mean? It means that taking care of the health of our gums could decrease the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Of course, a more extensive study on the question is needed to establish what role this bacterium plays in the onset of these diseases. In any case, correct oral hygiene, and in particular gingival hygiene, can only be encouraged.
We could reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s with this simple habit
From all this it follows that we must pay particular attention to teeth and gums to avoid problems that go well beyond caries. This is especially true as we age. How to maintain the health of our gums? First, we turn to our dentist for more frequent routine checkups. In this way we will have a clear idea of the health of the teeth and gums. He / she will then recommend the best treatments based on our conditions. In principle, however, we can choose toothpastes specifically aimed at gum health, such as salty ones. We can combine them with chlorohexidine mouthwashes, but above all with the frequent use of dental floss. This is the habit that can make the most difference to the health of our gums and, apparently, our brain.
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