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Most know that having poor oral hygiene can lead to many various issues, such as bad breath, dental caries or inflammation. But it is not that common to hear about the long-term problems that follow such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Based on a scientific literature review from 2013, researchers found that systemic inflammations caused by periodontitis and malnutrition, caused by tooth loss, are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Periodontitis is also strongly associated with tooth loss and prevalent in cognitive impairment along with other risk factors including stroke, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Periodontitis is one of the most common human diseases and is caused by the excess of a bacteria that is naturally present in the mouth, the periodontal bacteria. These bacteria and remaining food form plaque, which is stored in the mouth in the hard-to-reach areas between the teeth. This is the reason why all should maintain good oral hygiene routines by brushing and flossing so that plaque stored within the mouth is minimalized.

It is great to know that both our teeth and brains will be positively impacted when we listen to what the dentist has to say.