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Brushing for Brain Health

Monday, February 03, 2020 9:48 AM

Research has long suggested a connection between poor oral health and memory loss. Now, a recent study out of Norway has shown that the same bacteria that cause gingivitis, otherwise known as gum disease, can move from the mouth to the brain. This may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

More research is needed to establish a cause-and-effect relationship between gum disease and Alzheimer’s. In the meantime, it is never a bad idea to brush up on how to best take care of your teeth.

Click the photo below to see our infographic on brushing for brain health.