Alzheimer’s and dementia is an oral health issue
Poor dental health habits and gum disease are considerately linked to patient who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. In recent studies found in Great Britain doctors have found signs of gum bacteria in the brains of these patients. The presence of the gum bacteria in the brain can cause inflammation which in turn could trigger a biological cascade that is linked to the brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Gum disease is said to be linked to an increase risk of heart disease since gum disease can be deposited in the arteries leading to build up plaque. Entering the bloodstream through such everyday activities as eating, brushing teeth and invasion dental treatments. Therefore, taking care of our gums is more important than ever.
The most common form of gum disease is gingivitis. The contributing factors to gingivitis include but are not limited to diabetes, smoking, aging, pregnancy along with certain medical issues. Since gingivitis can be very mild, some may not be aware that they have the condition. Poor dental hygiene that encourages plaque to form is the root of the cause of this particular disease. Plaque can form on your teeth when starches and sugars that we eat interact with the bacteria normally found in our mouths. The longer that the plaque or tartar remain in your teeth, the more your gum becomes irritated. Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Persistent bad breath
- Red swollen or tender gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth
- Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
- Teeth that are loose
- Poor nutrition
Understanding gingivitis, periodontal disease and treatment
While gingivitis is known as the inflammation of gums periodontal disease occurs when the bone below the gums get inflamed or infected. These group of disease have a common end result; inflammation of the gums, the destruction of periodontal ligaments, the loss of supporting bone, and ultimately the loss of teeth. The immune system is the body’s way of protecting itself against any disease invader. When your gums start to become inflamed, it is actually the first tell tale sign of your immune system at work, trying to isolate the disease-causing bacteria and prevent the spread to other parts of the body. A tincture of myrrh and / or Echinacea about three times a day can improve gum health. Another suitable form to naturally and effectively improve gum health is to add hydrogen peroxide along with vitamin C powder to your water pic. Those food which are high in fiber, whole food, and low sugar fruits such as berries can help aid in the reconstruction of your gum health. There can be many solutions to the oral health but it’s always best to follow your dentist and hygienist recommendations on flossing brushing and routine visits.