There are several bad bacteria as well as viruses that cause dental problems and have been directly connected to creating inflammation in the brain and contributing to dementia. The research is showing that oral pathogens cross the blood-brain barrier. And, no surprise to those in the dental field—they create the same inflammation and plaque biofilm they do in the mouth, with the same results.
Gum disease increases the risk for dementia. And if they've been infected for over 10 years, your chance of having Alzheimer’s dementia increases by 70%. That should motivate most people to want to see their "brain health" dental hygienist.
Read my blog post, Brains and bugs
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Barbara Tritz, MSB, BSDATE, BRDH, is a biological dental hygienist and orofacial myofunctional therapist whose blog, Queen of Dental Hygiene, provides patients the information they need to help them on their healing journey. “Our one-hour appointment time was just not long enough to share all the many important facts I wanted our patients to learn. Dental hygiene is about so much more than just teaching brushing and flossing," says Barbara. “We are healers, educators, and lifesavers, and we need to give our patients the tools and skills to empower them to true wellness and health.”