DID YOU KNOW: Gum Disease Can Be Linked To Alzheimer’s Disease
Gum disease has long been linked to potentially deadly conditions like heart disease and diabetes – and, more recently, cancer. Now, new research links Alzheimer’s disease to poor dental health.
Comparing brain samples from 10 people who suffered from dementia with 10 samples from people who didn’t have the disease, researchers found one stark difference. The bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis was consistently found in brain samples of dementia patients, and it’s also a bacterium commonly associated with chronic periodontal disease. In healthy brain samples, the bacterium was absent.
This finding isn’t entirely new, which makes it even more important to consider. In 2010, researchers at New York University also found that gum disease increases a person’s risk of cognitive dysfunction later in life. This latest study from the UK determined that people with long-term, chronic gum disease have a 70% increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia.
What You Can Do
Preventing gum disease is easy with a consistent oral health routine. At your next appointment, we can walk you through the best methods for brushing and flossing, and help you identify neglected areas of your mouth that need extra attention. If you notice unusual swelling, tenderness, or bleeding in your gums, don’t hesitate to call us or come in for a visit.
With daily care and regular cleanings, we can work with you to preserve your health throughout your life. At ProHEALTH Dental, our ability to help you thrive is why we love what we do. Book your next appointment with us here: http://prohealthcaredental.com/patient-resources/