A number of media reports have been appearing this week raising the questions about links between gum disease and dementia.
Most of the reports state that research is suggesting that brushing your teeth regularly and properly could stave off dementia with the studies claiming that people with poor oral hygiene are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease.
The research work has been carried out at the University of Central Lancashire and the scientists there focused on 20 people in their study.
Half had dementia where the products of bacteria P. gingivalis, associated with chronic gum disease, were present.
One of the scientists, Dr Sim Singhrao is quoted: “Continued visits to dental hygiene professionals may be more important than currently thought.”
The university’s dean of dentistry, Prof StJohn Crean, said: “The bacteria could be a trigger that sets off a chain reaction in people pre-disposed to dementia.”
To see more about this study please click here.
Our Glasgow dental clinic’s message is always that good oral hygiene is of paramount importance for everyone to maintain not only good oral health and function but also to reduce other health risks.
As well as brushing properly and regularly we also recommend dental flossing on a daily basis.
Our hygienist team can share advice and guidance on how best to achieve the best oral hygiene.