Gum disease and Alzheimer’s

A recent study published in the journal, Science Advances, uncovered a potential link between a bacteria associated with periodontal (gum) disease and Alzheimer’s.   These bacteria can travel from mouth to the brain destroying brain neurons. High levels of this bacteria were detected in brain tissue samples of those with Alzheimer’s disease. A specific component of this bacteria is directly related to the disease process of this devastating disease. Obviously, there is much more research to be done, however, in the meantime, it is imperative that we manage periodontal disease. Early detection, preventative measures, and referral to a periodontist will be a few steps we will take here.

With spring and summer rapidly approaching, we will be spending more time in the sun.   It is crucial we protect our lips. This tissue is very thin and can burn easily. Multiple burns can predispose you to skin cancer. You will need to use a lip balm or Chapstick with protection from the UVB and UVA rays (broad spectrum). Apply often while you are outside. Aquaphor, Banana Boat, and O’Keefe’s are good brands.

Chew xylitol gum to maintain your oral health

Chew xylitol gum to maintain your oral health!

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that is derived from plants, vegetables, and some fruits.

Chewing gum that contains xylitol is beneficial especially after meals!  Xylitol will neutralize the pH in the oral cavity and reduce the time your teeth are exposed to an acidic environment that is proven to weaken enamel.

For those who have xerostomia or “dry mouth”, chewing gum with xylitol will help stimulate salivary flow to keep enamel strong and relieve the discomfort associated with dry mouth.

Xylitol will also reduce the cavity causing bacteria by interfering with the bacteria’s metabolism.

In addition, the act of chewing gum will help reduce plaque build-up.

Xylitol should be the first ingredient, and only sweetener ingredient listed on the back of the product to receive the full product to receive the full therapeutic benefits!