I believe good oral hygiene is preventative medicine for heart and brain health. I have a regimen of brushing with electric toothbrush, then floss and finish up with a water pik, twice a day. It's not easy instilling new habits; however this routine really only takes a couple of minutes each day and I personally believe the payoff is enormous for the time investment. Here is an excerpt on a recent article on oral hygiene and Alzheimers:
"Oral bacteria from poor dental hygiene have been linked to brain tissue degeneration, according to new evidence from an international team of researchers, including one at the University of Florida College of Dentistry.
UF’s Lakshmyya Kesavalu, an associate professor in the College of Dentistry department of periodontology, and researchers from the University of Central Lancashire and The Blizzard Institute in the United Kingdom examined samples from the brains of patients with and without dementia.
Lipopolysaccharide, a component of Porphyromonas gingivalis, an oral bacterium, was found in four out of 10 Alzheimer’s disease brain samples. It was not found in any samples from the brains of people who did not have Alzheimer’s disease."http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/new ... nIwmhDOQs0