Gum Disease May Increase Dementia Risk

Gum Disease May Increase Dementia Risk

Gum disease can lead to a host of issues, including causing halitosis (bad breath) to possible tooth loss. When in advanced stages, it can also affect the body beyond the mouth, potentially contributing to diabetes, heart disease, and as some recent research shows, dementia.

A study published last month in an American Academy of Neurology journal shows a possible link between periodontal disease and cognitive impairment on a minor level, including dementia.

Gum disease evolves progressively, beginning with gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums causing redness, sensitivity, and bleeding. Should it remain untreated, pockets of tartar, bacteria, and plaque can form around the teeth, eventually resulting in decay, tooth bone loss, and in the worst-case scenario, losing the tooth completely.

Examinations remain ongoing as to whether periodontal illness is the culprit behind dementia or other health problems. Some bacteria in the mouth could explain it, such as the oral microbiome.

As with most of these studies, research is ongoing but once again, the importance of brushing and flossing cannot be stressed enough.

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