As National Dental Hygiene month concludes, we’d like to bring your attention to a couple of studies that reinforces the importance of good dental hygiene.

The first study was conducted in 2010 by researchers from NYU. They determined that there is a link between Alzheimer’s disease and gum inflammation. Though the study was relatively small, it spanned over two decades. Researchers looked at the cognitive function of 50 to 70-year-olds. They found that gum disease at the age of 70 was heavily associated with a low cognitive function. The study has a lot more to say, but we thought we’d point out that part to give us all a little more motivation to take good care of our teeth.

Gum Disease and Cancer

The second study, dating back to 2007, showed a link between gum disease and pancreatic cancer. Specifically, the study looked at periodontitis, which is the inflammation of the tissue around the teeth. They found that periodontitis increases the chance of getting pancreatic cancer.

How to Prevent Gum Disease

This is all scary stuff, but you can mitigate gum disease by:

  • Flossing daily
  • Use antiseptic mouthwash
  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day
  • Stop smoking
  • Visit the dentist regularly

If you have any questions about preventing gum disease, or you’d like to make an appointment, call Sherman Oaks Dentistry at 818-784-0763.