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Gum Disease and Alzheimer's Link

January 28, 2019

   You may have seen the recent news that bacteria related to periodontal (gum) disease have been found in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease. More details here:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/01/gum-disease-causing-bacteria-could-spur-alzheimer-s

 

Alzheimer's isn't the only systemic disease with a connection to gum disease.  The list includes diabetes, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, respiratory disease and more. Researchers can't say exactly how the diseases are related but the common theme is the recommend treating periodontal (gum) disease which is present in a large percentage of adults.

 

Treating periodontal (gum) disease is an ongoing process which includes excellent home care and professional cleanings or periodontal treatment if needed.

 

Our goal at Joiner and Zwart Dentistry is prevention, to schedule an appointment to determine if you have or are at risk of periodontal disease, please call (712)737-3521.

 

 

 

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