There are days you might skip the shower. Nights when dinner might be whatever you can find to microwave.
And taking out the trash? Well, that can always wait until tomorrow.
We all cut corners from time to time. But there’s ONE daily ritual you should NEVER pass up on… even if many people do.
And that’s brushing and flossing. That means at least twice a day, but preferably after EVERY meal.
Because new research reveals how this two-minute oral hygiene routine may help block one of today’s most devastating diseases.
Scientists say it could help head off Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s damage can go undetected for decades
Once Alzheimer’s is diagnosed, the decline can happen fast. But there’s nothing quick about how this disease forms and takes hold.
As the brain loses the ability to clear out damaged proteins such as beta-amyloid, they begin to build up. Over time, those backed-up proteins form clumps. And ultimately, they start blocking the signals between brain cells.
The damage can begin decades before any confirmed signs of the disease itself show up. In fact, it can take years before this damage finally reaches the levels where it causes noticeable cognitive struggles.
And that’s one reason Alzheimer’s is so hard to stop once it sets in. There’s already just too much damage once the diagnosis is made.
That’s why it’s critical to act TODAY to keep these toxic clumps from building up in the brain. And that’s where the new study comes into the picture. Because it makes a direct link between daily oral hygiene and brain health.
Mouth bugs can be bad news for the brain
Researchers found that the higher the levels of unhealthy bacteria in your mouth, especially those linked to gum disease – the less amyloid you’ll have in your cerebrospinal fluid.
That may sound like a good thing at first. But it’s, in fact, a BAD sign.
You see, your body flushes those fluids through your head to help purge your brain of toxins such as Alzheimer’s-linked beta-amyloid. If the cerebrospinal fluid levels are low, it means they’re NOT being washed out effectively.
Instead, they’re staying in the brain, forming those dangerous clumps.
The new study finds those inflammation-triggering oral bacteria are likely to blame. You can see the harm they do in your mouth when you suffer from puffy and bleeding gums. But those same bugs can also cause damaging inflammation where you can’t see it deep inside your body.
That, in turn, can raise the risk of inflammation-linked diseases such as Alzheimer’s. And in fact, other studies HAVE already linked these same bad-news bacteria to heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. (Are you one of the 70 percent of American’s who send your stroke risk soaring by not doing THIS?)
In other words, feel free to skip the shower but NOT the brushing and flossing. Because in this case, cutting corners could have devastating consequences.
Brush after meals. Floss daily. And if you haven’t been to see the dentist lately for a checkup and cleaning, it’s time to get on the phone and make