Posted on Nov 25, 2019
Alzheimer’s is largely based on genetics and family history. But a recent article by the Washington Post has suggested that there are a few things that can be done to delay the onset of the disease, especially if they’re done early in life. Middle-aged people can also benefit from positive lifestyle changes, but it’s best to introduce healthy habits as early as possible.
One of the important habits to begin early in life is to take good care of your dental hygiene, especially to avoid gum disease. Gingivitis isn’t just bad for your oral health, but it’s also been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s.
The best way to avoid gum disease and periodontitis are to practice good oral hygiene. This means brushing at least twice a day, flossing every day, and visiting your regular dentist every 6 months for a dental cleaning and a checkup. Your dentist can remove plaque and tartar buildup while also looking out for the early signs of gum problems.
The earlier gum disease is caught, the easier it is to treat. Below are a few of the signs to look out for:
If you’re concerned about gum disease and you have a history of Alzheimer’s in your family, please make an appointment with your general dentist to discuss your concerns.