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A new study shows that gum disease may be an indication of Alzheimer’s disease. They found a link between harmful gum bacteria and amyloid-beta levels in cerebrospinal fluid.

Researchers found this to be a correlation, not necessarily causation but they do say that the current “understanding [is] that proinflammatory diseases disrupt the clearance of amyloid from the brain.” Alzheimer’s disease happens when amyloid plaque collects around the brain.

Experts say that brushing your teeth at least twice a day can help prevent gum inflammation. Next, they will study whether or not regular deep cleanings could change the brain’s amyloid levels.

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