If you have a habit of forgetting to clean your teeth, you may end forgetting what they are in the future! So says, Piotr Mydel – in so many words. Piotr Mydel is a lead researcher for the University of Bergen, Norway which published the results of a new study recently on June 3, 2019.
In this study, the Norwegian researchers discovered a very clear and compelling connection between an oral bacterium (P.gingavalis) and Alzheimer’s disease.
While bacteria are certainly not the sole cause of Alzheimer’s disease, according to Mydel, their presence can increase the risk of developing it. Additionally, if you are in the early stages of the disease, you may experience a faster progression if the P.gingavalis bacterium is present in your brain tissue.
The oral bacteria that kills nerve cells in the brain
The Norwegian researchers discovered that that a gum disease-causing bacterium called P.gingavalis was able to migrate into memory areas of the brain. Once established beneath the gum line, these bacteria were able to move there quite easily – via the blood vessels and nerve fibres that connect the mouth to the brain.
Mydel said that when the bacteria were able to establish itself in brain tissue, they produced enough bacterial protein and enzyme by-products to damage or kill the brain’s nerve cells. This in turn can cause memory loss, and could eventually lead to Alzheimer’s in time.
Keep good oral hygiene for better memory
However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Ultimately, the Norwegian study underscores the importance of keeping good oral health.
By maintaining clean, healthy teeth and gums, you can prevent harmful oral bacteria from entering your gum line – and your body – in the first place. So always remember – not “forget” – to:
- brush ALL of your teeth twice daily,
- clean your inter-dental spaces with floss or a pikster daily,
- eat a healthy, “teeth-friendly” diet, and
- visit your dentist for a check up & clean every six months.