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Gum Disease and Alzheimer's

Posted on 5/9/2022 by Jonathan J. Golab, DDS, PA
Gum Disease and Alzheimer'sAlzheimer's is a devastating disease that affects the brain's functionality. The neurodegenerative disorder is fatal and is characterized by inflammations in the brain and nerve inflammations. Gingivitis is a gum disease that leads to inflammation of the gums and bleeding. We are going to discuss the relationship between dental health and brain disease.


Gingivitis is an oral disease characterized by inflammation and bleeding gums caused by plaque accumulation around the teeth. The plaque leads to the accumulation of bacteria around the teeth and gums. When not cleaned, the bacteria irritate the gums leading to inflammation. When severe, it leads to loose teeth and bleeding gums. Gum diseases are a category that includes gingivitis and periodontal diseases. The signs and symptoms include sore gums, redness of gums, and blood when cleaning teeth. It may lead to bad breath, sore mouth, and toothaches.

Alzheimer's disease

Inflammation of the gums has been linked to some Alzheimer's patients. Studies show that most Alzheimer's patients have gum diseases. Alzheimer's disease causes a decline in cognitive senses due to the presence of plaques and tangles in brain cells. The plaques and tangles become obstructive, preventing the neurons from normal performance. Eventually, the obstructed neurons die off, and the disease becomes more severe. Inflammations in the gums may lead to bacteria entering the blood vessels, which may lead to bacteria being present in the brain, and as a result, the formation of plaques and tangles begins.

Treatment and Offering care

Gum diseases such as gingivitis can be treated and reversed. We need to improve oral health by doing the basics such as regular brushing of teeth and flossing. Doing this may also reduce the chances of getting Alzheimer's disease. Cognitive decline can be decreased by taking supplements. We have appointments lined up for you with our experienced doctors. Please pay a visit to our offices for further guidance on oral health.
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