As you age, your risk of developing a variety of medical problems and concerns also increases. One condition that is especially worrisome for patients is Alzheimer’s disease. This condition is the 6th leading cause of death for adults in the United States, and is associated with the deterioration of the brain, impacting memory and cognitive abilities. The condition, as it progresses, becomes significantly worse and can impact one’s overall quality of life and ability to perform day-to-day tasks. With the help of your dentist, you can also decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other medical conditions, including strokes and heart disease.
What is the link between Alzheimer’s and gum health?
There have been many studies done on patients who have developed Alzheimer’s disease in an attempt to find a cause or risk factor that can contribute to its development. In several studies, the link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s disease became clear, showing that bacteria found in those with the condition was often associated with the development of periodontal disease as well. It is well-known in the dental field that the bacteria that causes periodontal disease can enter into the bloodstream and cause infection elsewhere in the body.
How can I reduce my risk of Alzheimer’s disease?
To address the contribution of oral health concerns and their link to Alzheimer’s disease, our dental team at Schindler Dentistry will advise patients to take certain steps to reduce their risk factors. Ways to protect the smile and brain include:
- Brushing and flossing after every meal when possible to remove plaque, tartar, calculus, and food particles from in-between the teeth
- Maintaining routine dental visits for cleanings and examinations to catch any dental problems early enough for successful intervention
- Calling the dentist as soon as problems arise that may indicate a dental problem is developing
Schedule a visit with the team at Schindler Dentistry
Columbus, Ohio area patients who are interested in working with Dr. Sharon Schindler to achieve a healthier smile are encouraged to call (614) 586-0609 to request an appointment at her practice. The office is located in Suite #175 at 775 Yard Street and accepts new patients and families.