Gum Disease and Dementia
In a study conducted by researchers at the University
of Minnesota School pf Public Health in Minneapolis suggests that patients with periodontal disease are at higher risk for dementia.
The study followed over 8000 people who did not
have dementia. Their average age was 63 and they were followed for an average of 20 years. 19% of those in the study developed dementia. Interestingly, the data
showed that subjects with out any teeth had twice the
risk compared to those with healthy teeth. Those with intermediate or severe disease had a 20% greater risk of developing dementia.
Periodontal disease is a serious infection of the gums.
It's caused by bacteria that have been allowed to accumulate on teeth and gums It can cause teeth to loosen or be lost and can destroy the jawbone. The symptoms of periodontal disease include swollen or puffy gums, gums that bleed easily, bad breath and even pus between your teeth.
Periodontitis is usually the result of poor dental hygiene, but is exacerbated by smoking, type 2 diabetes and obesity. It can be prevented by brushing twice a day. flossing daily and getting regular dental checkups. Periodontal disease cannot be reversed, only slowed down. If periodontitis is treated early and proper oral hygiene is maintained, the damage can be stopped.
If you have any of these symptoms or are experiencing
gum pain, make an appointment with Dr. Neal as soon as possible. Don't delay, your cognitive future may depend on it.
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Canby, OR 97013