This article brought to you courtesy of Dr. Alan Nealm DMD, FAGD, of Dental Care of Canby, Canby Herald Family Dentistry Expert.

Dr. Alan Neal, DMD, FAGD

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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