Gum Disease to Alzheimer’s
Research has revealed a possible link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s. A form of bacteria present in gum disease is also found to affect the tissues of the brain. This link could help us better understand how to prevent or reduce the effects of Alzheimer’s. Preventing gum disease has always been a crucial part of oral health, but understanding more of the far-reaching health problems associated with gum disease gives us all a greater reason to take better care of our teeth and gums.
How Can Gum Disease Lead to Alzheimer’s?
Gum disease is caused by poor oral hygiene which allows bacteria to flourish and form harmful plaque. These bacteria deteriorate the gums and healthy tissue in and around the teeth. One particular strain of bacteria is now linked to the degenerative effects of Alzheimer’s disease. This strain of bacteria and its by-products have recently been linked to a toxin responsible for destroying neurons in the brain and leading to Alzheimer’s.
Porphyromonas Gingivalis is the bacteria responsible for producing the toxins associated with the destruction of neurons and brain tissue. These bacteria are formed in the mouth when oral hygiene is neglected, among the many bacteria responsible for gum disease. Many of these bacteria produce harmful toxins, proteins, and other by-products that impact the health of your entire body – including your brain.
By preventing gum disease or reversing it with treatment at Hardin Advanced Dentistry, you are taking steps to keep your whole body healthier, including the possibility of warding off development of Alzheimer’s disease and many other health problems.
Why Should I Choose Hardin Advanced Dentistry?
At Hardin Advanced Dentistry, we are recognized as being among the finest dental practitioners to treat gum disease and a leader in advanced dental and oral health. Choosing a dentist that looks at the far-reaching effects of oral health and strives for whole body care is an easy choice to make.
At Hardin Advanced Dentistry you will feel confident in knowing that your health and wellness is our primary concern. Contact us and come in for a consultation to learn how you can protect your overall health with effective treatments for gum disease, and to meet with some of the most acclaimed cosmetic dentists practicing in Ohio.