Can poor dental health contribute to Alzheimer's Disease?

Can poor dental health contribute to Alzheimer's Disease?

by Shearly (SU)

A healthy smile isn’t just one of the first things people notice about you, it is an essential part of your body’s overall condition and wellbeing. You may have heard it before, that oral health is directly related to potential conditions in other areas of your body. Did you know that there is evidence that gum disease can contribute to Alzheimer’s Disease later in life?

It’s amazing how otherwise health-conscious and generally intelligent people can neglect their dental health so easily. Medical researchers are finding more and more evidence indicating the serious health problems that arise from inflammation in the body. Inflammation can be caused by many lifestyle choices, such as poor diet, chronic injuries from bad posture or not enough exercise, and gum disease originating from poor oral hygiene, just to name a few.

A study of identical twins (twin studies are a popular way to study effects across two similar subjects) where only one developed Alzheimer’s disease found that one significant difference between the two was poor dental health early in life. This is one of only a few factors found to influence this disease that is actually controllable. As a disease with a strong genetic component, Alzheimer’s disease can seem inevitable for people who are predisposed.

This evidence gives hope that people who make efforts to take care of themselves and stay healthy may decrease their chances of developing this devastating disease. Chronic inflammation is a sign that something is not right in your body, and it’s often painful, too. Making a conscious decision to do your best to take good care of your body (including our mouth!) can impact the length and quality of your life.

If your gums are puffy and sore, you may be in the early stages of gum or periodontal disease. Gum disease is treatable and often preventable, with good oral care. Don’t wait to schedule your dental appointment! Visit 360 Dental regularly for dental health checkups and cleanings. Call (541) 689-1645 or request an appointment online at our Eugene, Oregon office today.