Bad dental hygiene linked to memory loss diseases

By Drum Digital
30 July 2013

Failing to clean your mouth could lead to dementia/ Alzheimer. This is according to a study by University ofCentral Lancashire (UCLan) and backed by other research findings. Failing to brush your teeth at least daily significantly increases the risk of dementia, is a serious loss of global cognitive ability in a previously unimpaired person, beyond what might be expected from normal aging, reports The Telegraph. Dementia in its definition is associated with brain injury and memory loss but goes beyond merely its definition. Researchers came to this conclusion after studying brain samples of deceased dementia patients and they had unusually high levels of Porphyromonas gingivalis, a type of bacteria which causes gum disease. This bacteria is then transported via the bloodstream into your brain during eating, brushing.

One of the scholars involved in the researched was quoted as saying, "But all we have shown so far is that bacteria from the gum region get into the brain. We haven't proven that they cause Alzheimer's disease."

Whilst the researchers are not yet sure of these finding, further research is currently underway.

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