New evidence from NYU College of Dentistry supports link between gum inflammation and Alzheimer’s disease. – August 3, 2010, NYU Today*
Remarkably, results from this study show that, â€œperiodontal inflammation at age 70 was strongly associated with lower DST scores at age 70 [Digit Symbol Test, or DST, a part of the standard measurement of adult IQ].Â Subjects with periodontal inflammation were nine times more likely to test in the lower range of the DST compared to subjects with little or no periodontal inflammation.â€œ
Effectively combatting gum disease means thinking in terms of bacteria. If you can remove bacteria (plaque) effectively by brushing and flossing youâ€™re almost there, but hereâ€™s the key, not just brushing and flossing – doing it effectively. When youâ€™re done brushing your teeth should feel as smooth as if youâ€™ve had them professional polished – that takes quite some time (see about dry brushing). Weâ€™ve all been taught to floss once daily, but to be really effective youâ€™ll want to floss every time you brush.
Health gums do not bleed when brushing and flossing. Try rinsing with salt water daily to kill the germs – itâ€™s a lot more effective than commercial mouthwash, free and comfortable (itâ€™s important to rinse long enough with a concentration to kill the bacteria).
* Thanks to M. Kahn forÂ alerting me to this article.