Oral Health and Alzheimer’s
We hope your new year is off to a great start! One thing we wish for all our patients in 2020 is good health. It’s not just your oral health we care about, but your overall health and well-being, too. That’s why we want to make you aware of one of the fastest growing diseases in the US, one that has a connection to oral health.
While Alzheimer’s disease has increased by 139% between 2000-2016, researchers are beginning to have a better understanding of the causes and how we can slow and even reverse this horrible disease. A recent article by Revolutionary Health Services outlines important facts you should know about Alzheimer’s. Here are a few we thought patients like you should be most aware of:
- There are 42 identified root causes of Alzheimer’s, but today, medications can only treat one of the causes.
- The daily use of acid blockers is a major contributor to Alzheimer’s because it can cause nutrient deficiencies known to precipitate the disease.
- One of the leading causes of Alzheimer’s is brain inflammation, which is due to toxins like mold, bacteria and viruses affecting the brain.
- High levels of harmful microorganisms from the mouth have been found in Alzheimer’s patients.
This last statistic caught our attention because it explains how oral health affects our overall health, increasing our risk of major diseases when we don’t properly care for our teeth and gums. We can’t stress enough the importance of good dental hygiene and routine dental visits. What seems like a commonplace health measure, brushing and flossing can help deter the development of Alzheimer’s.
Please share this information with your loved ones — it could change their lives. Thank you for taking the time to read this email. We hope we’ve armed you with helpful info and tips for your dental health. As always, think of us as your partner in health, and please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns about your oral health.