Many prior studies have linked Alzheimer‘s disease and gum health. That’s plenty to consider in our daily brushing and flossing routine, especially when we feel like just skipping it.

On those days you’re tempted to slight the care of your teeth and gums, consider this: There was significant news made last week when a new research study drew even stronger ties between gum (periodontal) health and Alzheimer‘s disease.

One of the study’s authors said that her team’s publication, “… sheds light on an unexpected driver ofAlzheimer‘s pathology – the bacterium commonly associated with chronic gum disease,” adding that it also shows a “promising” approach to addressing the disease.

You can read one news account of the study here and get more information in the Science Advances journal.

While there’s plenty more research needed around this connection, it’s an important reminder of how small, daily habits are important drivers of our overall health. It only takes a few minutes each day to make a difference.

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