An estimated 44 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s disease. The latest research investigating Alzheimer’s disease is providing extra motivation to keep our mouths healthy.
The bacteria called Porphyromonas gingivalis that causes gum disease (gingivitis) can move from the mouth into the brain. Porphyromonas gingivalis produces a protein that destroys nerve cells which leads to memory loss which eventually leads to dementia or Alzheimers.
The good news is, with minimal effort we can keep our mouths free of the bacteria that cause gingivitis. If we have already developed gingivitis, we need to take extra care to return our mouth to a healthy state. Below are several tips that will help you prevent and reverse early stages of gingivitis.
Tips to Prevent Gingivitis
- Floss daily
- Brush twice a day
- Use an electric toothbrush
- Rinse your mouth with salt water
- Use a natural mouthwash
- Refrain from smoking or chewing tobacco
- Limit sugar products
- Visit your dentist once a year
Prevention is key
Once you begin to develop Gum disease, you will know. There are several signs and symptoms such as:
- A persistent bad taste and odor in the mouth
- Bright red swollen gums that bleed easily during brushing and flossing
- White spots or plaques on the gums
- Gums pulling away from the teeth
- Loose teeth or loss of teeth
- Inflammation and swollen gums
- Soft gums
Gum disease is reversible, especially during the early stages. However, once it has progressed into the bones, irreversible changes start to take place. Therefore, it is essential to take steps to prevent and reverse gingivitis in the earlier stages.
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