Gum Disease Linked To Alzheimer’s: Keep Those Gums Healthy!
Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, but it’s a treatable condition at Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla. Keeping your gums healthy is essential for your overall health, but if you need yet another reason to keep them healthy, we’ve got a doozy.
Scientists have found a connection between a bacteria that causes periodontitis (advanced gum disease) and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Porphyomonas gingivalis is a bacteria that contributes to chronic periodontitis. The bacteria was discovered in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.
The researchers concluded:
“Chronic periodontitis and infection with Porphyomonas gingivalis have been identified as significant risk factors for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”
For the most part, gum disease is preventable. The best thing you can do to prevent it is brush and floss twice a day, and see us for regular cleanings and checkups.
At Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla we treat gum disease, and offer complete preventative and general dentistry services. Patients from Solano Beach, Del Mar, and Claremont know they can trust us with their dental health. Call to schedule your next checkup today!
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