Dr. Stewart and our team observe official World Alzheimer’s Day, September 21st. It’s the perfect time to inform our patients on the link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s. While reserchers have suspected a link for years, scientists at NYU published a study in 2010 that shows how gum inflammation contributes to brain inflammation, neurodegeneration, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Age and genetics are the primary risk factors for Alzheimer’s, and you have no control over these. However, you do have some control over your oral health. By exercising preventive measures, such as brushing and flossing properly, and by scheduling dental checkups every six months, you will cut down a risk factor for developing not only tooth loss and gum disease, but other systemic problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.
At your next checkup, Dr. Stewart and our staff will examine you for periodontal disease and treat accordingly. Alzheimer’s disease ranks 6th in leading causes of death in the United States. If gum disease makes the difference in whether or not you develop a fatal illness, your next dental visit could save your life.