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Why Good Dental Hygiene is Important

Many know that tooth decay is caused by poor dental hygiene. However, did you know that it can also cause many other problems and diseases? Here’s why dental hygiene is important, besides preventing tooth decay.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Research from New York University (NYU) in 2010 found a correlation between gum inflammation and Alzheimer’s disease. They found that gum disease was strongly associated with low cognitive function. In 2013, continuing off of this research, UK researchers at the University of Central Lancashire by comparing brain samples of those who did and did not have Alzheimer’s disease. These researchers found that the brain samples of people with Alzheimer’s disease contained the bacteria P. gingivalis, which is associated with gum disease. Researchers found that P. gingivalis was capable of moving itself into the brain via nerves connecting the brain and teeth, or through blood cells. The immune response to P. gingivalis in the brain can lead to damage to neurons in the brain.

Pancreatic Cancer

In 2007 a research team at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, MA, discovered a link between gum disease and pancreatic cancer. Periodontitis, which can affect the bone around the base of the teeth, was shown to be associated with the cancer. Gingivitis was not linked to cancer risk, but could lead to peridontitis. Periodontitis was not proven to be a cause or effect of pancreatic cancer, but the two are definitely linked.

Heart Disease

Dental hygiene also has a strong relation to heart disease. Joint research teams at the University of Bristol in the UK, and the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland, discovered that people with bleeding gums due to poor dental hygiene could be increasing their risk to get a heart disease. The researchers found that bacteria can enter the bloodstream through the mouth if a person has bleeding gums. This bacteria can stick to platelets, which can form blood clots. These blood clots can interrupt blood flow and cause a heart attack. The bacteria have been found to use the platelets on blood cells to protect them from the immune system and make them less detectable to antibiotics.

In order to help prevent these diseases make sure to keep good oral health. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss to help keep your teeth clean in order to keep yourself healthy, and your smile bright!

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