Dental Care and It’s Importance to Health

IAS News 11 November 2013 | 2 Comments

We have it drilled into us from a young age how important it is to brush our teeth at least twice a day, if not after every meal we eat. However it isn’t just for our dental hygiene that this is important. Although regular brushing and flossing should stop the need for any major dental work, and avoid any signs of bad breath. Research has shown the importance of good dental care to be much more significant for other reasons too. It is thought that 64% of those over the age of 65 may have moderate or severe periodontal disease.

Recent research has suggested that by keeping good dental and oral hygiene it may be possible to help ward off any signs of dementia, in particular Alzheimer’s disease. It has been known for some time that poor dental hygiene does create bacteria within the mouth, which then can get into the bloodstream and cause problems with the heart tissues. However research from the University of Florida Dental College has shown that it is also linked to brain degeneration.

The study involved looking at brain samples of both those who had dementia and those without. It was discovered that 4 in 10 samples of those with Alzheimer’s also had traces of gingivalis which is an oral bacteria. In the samples without dementia, there was no incidence of this being present. It is thought that the bacteria found in the brain may trigger responses within the immune system that could lead to brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

As yet the researchers are unable to say for sure that bad dental hygiene is a certain cause of Alzheimer’s; however there is growing evidence to show that there is a definite link between the two. Further studies using mice will be needed to say which causes what in the case of dementia and periodontal bacteria.

There are other reasons to keep good gental hygiene including improving memory, reducing the risk of inflammation or infection in the body, stable blood sugar for those with diabetes, are all other reasons for keeping good dental hygiene.

2 Responses on “Dental Care and It’s Importance to Health”

  1. Miko says:

    Agree..Regular dentist visits can do more than keep your smile attractive – they can tell dentists a lot about your overall health, including whether or not you may be developing a disease like diabetes. 🙂

  2. There are a lot of health problems because you don’t care of your teeth.

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