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Alzheimers Oral Health Connection


Posted on 12/1/2023 by Weo Admin
Dentist talking to his elderly female patient.Alzheimers is a common type of dementia that is progressive. It begins with mild memory loss and eventually leads to the inability to have a conversation. The disease impacts the part of the brain that controls thought, language, and memory.

What Causes the Disease?


Alzheimers disease is caused by an abnormal buildup of proteins around the brain cells. The main protein that is involved in this is called amyloid. This protein forms deposits and builds plaques around the brain cells. Another protein called Tau also forms tangles around the brain cells.

The Connection Between Alzheimers and Oral Health


Some patients have periodontal diseases that cause the gums to be tender and inflamed. Inflammation and chronic gum disease early in your life might have serious consequences later. This inflammation creates a burden on the body and affects the health, putting the brain at risk of protein buildup. This protein buildup is what causes Alzheimers in the long run.

Moreover, there is the effect of gingivitis bacteria on the brain. Researchers have found the bacterium (Porphyromonas gingivalis) in the brains of most dementia patients. The bacteria associated with gingivitis that are found in cavities form plaque on the teeth. Once the bacteria build up, it causes the formation of deep pockets, allowing the bacteria to accumulate. As a result, the bacteria flow into the bloodstream during brushing, eating, or during any invasive dental treatment. As a person ages, the immune system is weakened, and the bacteria invade the brain and destroy the tissue.

Maintain Good Oral Health


At any age, oral health is important. Your oral health when you are young will determine your oral health as you age. Maintaining good oral health includes brushing, flossing, and regular visits to your dentist. Visit us today and get the best out of our services.


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