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The Alzheimer’s-Oral Health Connection

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There’s been a growing body of research that indicates that oral health has a more significant impact on the overall health of individuals than had previously been appreciated, and some of the most recent data suggests that there is a strong correlation between oral health and occurrences of Alzheimer’s.  It’s understandable if you suspected that this article was going to be about caring for patients with Alzheimer’s. While thata is a serious concern, we’re here with one more reason that keeping your oral health at peak is an essential part of a long and happy life.

How Are Alzheimer’s Disease and Oral Health Tied?
The tie seems to be connected to the bacteria that form in your mouth, and specifically those that develop in the plaque that can form throughout the mouth.  While many bacteria like this can form in the mouth and lead to other health problems, recent studies have revealed that bacteria that appear in the brains of patients who have Alzheimer’s Disease can be found in patients without AD that have poor oral health.  These bacteria are neurotropic in nature, their natural processes attacked and destroy nerve tissue, leading to inflammation and the formation of neurofibrillary tangles and amyloid plaques, all associated with AD.

What Can I Do To Help Myself and My Family?
This means that there is another critical reason to maintain excellent oral health, and regular flossing and brushing are vital parts of your daily oral health care.  By eliminating instances of plaque and tartar in your mouth, you’re reducing areas that these bacteria can form and ensuring that your overall health is protected, as well as your precious memories.  While there are many reasons to maintain good dental health, the preservation of time with your family and the memory of important events and your loved ones is critical to your quality of life.

Are The Elderly More Susceptible?
While research is underway another tie between oral health and Alzheimer’s Disease has been found, especially among the elderly.  Those patients who are advanced in age seem to be more susceptible to HSV-1, the herpes simplex virus, and the plaques this condition produces are found in patients with AD, specifically in the Amyloid Plaques.  This means that maintaining oral health becomes more and more critical with each passing year for people of every age.

If you’re concerned about the state of your oral health and want to find out more about how it can affect your overall health, pick up the phone and call Dr. Raj-Shikha Batra at the Troy Dental Studio in Troy Michigan.  Every year Dr. Batra and their team of specialists work with their patients to ensure that they retain their beautiful smiles and protect their overall health with excellent dental care. Don’t let Alzheimer’s Disease and your oral health destroy precious memories and a future with your family, contact the office today and make an appointment.  Your family and your memories will thank you for taking steps to protect them both.

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