The Link between Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s

A study recently published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease suggests a strong link between advanced periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s. The study looked at levels of Porphyromonas gingivalis, a bacterium commonly found in people with chronic periodontal that could be found in the brains of people living with Alzheimer’s. Similar levels of this bacterium could not be found in any of the study participants who were not suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia.

A Serious Issue

It has long been known that gum disease increases risks for heart attack and stroke, and can produce complications with pregnancy and diabetes, but we are just now beginning to understand the role of periodontal health and memory disorders.

The experienced Pittsburgh family dentists at Dentonics, Inc. check for early signs of gum disease during your regularly scheduled visits to help reduce your risks for these issues. We can also provide periodontal treatments in between visits if you begin to experience any of the symptoms of gum disease. The sooner we become aware of your gum disease, the better able we are to swiftly treat the issue and help you avoid more serious problems down the road.

If you live in the Pittsburgh area of Pennsylvania and would like to learn more about maintaining optimal oral health, please contact Dentonics, Inc. or call 412-487-6910 to schedule an appointment.

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