They say the eyes are the windows to your soul.
But if that’s true, a smile is still your best accessory.
And it turns out taking CARE of that smile is about FAR more than fighting bad breath or looking good in photos.
In fact, it could very well save your life.
In recent years, studies have revealed that gum-disease triggering bacteria that grow between your teeth can sneak into your bloodstream.
Once there, these bad bugs drive up inflammation. And eventually, they can launch an all-out assault on your cardiovascular system, contributing to heart disease.
But now a new study has found your heart isn’t the ONLY body part you need to worry about.
Because these same gum-disease-linked bugs could target ANOTHER critical organ… your BRAIN.
Startling gum disease link to Alzheimer’s
It’s a twist no one saw coming.
But as strange as it sounds, taking good care of your teeth could be the key to protecting your memories. Maybe even save your LIFE.
Researchers from the University of Louisville have now linked the bacteria that cause gum disease, Porphyromonas gingivalis, with Alzheimer’s disease.
According to the new study, the bacteria can trigger the development, growth, and spread of an Alzheimer’s-linked brain plaque.
Mouth bugs trigger brain plaques
Here’s how it happens…
The gum disease bacteria hitch a ride in your bloodstream, heading for your head. Once they arrive, they infect your brain with toxic enzymes called gingipains.
Those gingipains, in turn, hit the fast forward on the production of amyloid beta.
If amyloid beta sounds familiar, there’s a reason for that. It’s a component of the Alzheimer’s-linked amyloid plaques you’ve probably heard of before.
And the bad news doesn’t end there.
The research team also found these ugly enzymes hiding in the neurons of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. And their levels were associated with Alzheimer’s-linked tau and ubiquitin.
Care for your teeth to protect your brain
But it’s not ALL bad news.
Because the study ALSO stumbled onto one of the easiest ways to protect yourself against this devastating disease.
And that, of course, is to start taking even BETTER care of your pearly whites to prevent gum disease.
Start with regular brushing… at least twice a day. But after all three meals is even better.
The jury is still out. But flossing with a non-waxed floss or water flosser, such as a Waterpik, could be useful too.
If you have partial dentures, pay particular attention to the areas where they attach to your natural teeth. These spots are often more prone to gathering bacteria.
And make sure you see your dentist twice a year.
Neglecting your teeth can leave you with a MUCH bigger problem than an unattractive smile. It could lead to gum disease and rob you of your memories and your health.
Make your winning smile a priority starting today.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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