Interesting data has been collected causing many scientists to ask whether oral health might be connected to the brain tissue.
This article in the BBC gives an overview of the research and the publications that have outlined the studies.
Regardless of whether gum disease is tied to Alzheimer's, periodontal care and regular flossing is essential to overall oral health, especially as you age.
The health of teeth is also connected to the health of gums. It's imperative that through regular cleanings and dental check-ups, a dentist can exam the gum tissue and tooth health.
Remember, no matter what your age...prevention is the key to the best oral health. Eating healthy foods, avoiding tobacco products and regular brushing can make a huge difference in overall health.
Physicians are now linking oral health symptoms to physical conditions, as a warning sign to alert patients to possible medical issues that were not initially recognized without the dental exam.
Be sure to ask your dentist about your gum health and if you have periodontal issues, ask him/her the best way to prevent more serious issues. For more critical periodontal issues, your dentist can refer you to a periodontist, a doctor who specifically specializes in the treatment of the gums.
So don't delay. Pay attention to your gums and keep flossing. Flossing once a day is all it takes. There are many choices of floss out there, find the best floss that works for you.
Here's to healthy gums!