07/31/2013 10:31 am ET

Can Flossing Protect You From Alzheimer's?


All those times the dentist nagged you to floss more? Maybe this will convince you to try harder. A new British study suggests that the bacteria from gum disease contributes to Alzheimer’s disease.

First, some caveats: It was a small study — just 10 brain samples from people who died of Alzheimer’s, compared with 10 samples from people who died from other causes not dementia-related.

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