The Link Between Heart Disease & Periodontal Disease
February 15, 2019

How Your Dental Health May Impact Your Long-Term Brain Health

Dental Health and Brain Health

As research continues to shed new light on our integrated health, it’s amazing to realize just how vital our dental health is to our overall well-being.

We’ve shared several times about the link between oral and heart health, but what about our brains?  Let’s explore what we know about this fascinating connection.

How Are Brain Diseases & Dental Inflammation Related?

Gum disease occurs when bacteria accumulate in tooth plaque, causing inflammation, receding gums and bleeding. If it progresses to the more serious form, periodontitis, it can lead to abscesses and tooth loss.

This is common knowledge, and it’s the source of heart disease concerns related to oral health.  However, based on recent studies, it turns out that one of the key bacteria that cause gum disease – Porphyromonas gingivalis –  may also be the root cause of Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia.

Periodontist Dr. Joseph Nemeth, DDS discusses the Alzheimer’s epidemic and the potential link to oral health in this informative video:

How Can You Take Action to Protect Yourself?

While a potential vaccine and specific anti-toxin for Porphyromonas gingivalis are under research, these are likely years away from public availability.  In the meantime, the best thing you can do is take the usual steps to prevent gum disease.

While we know that regular brushing, flossing and visits to see us at Kellerman Dental aren’t the most exciting part of your routine, they are incredibly important…

…not only so you can have a beautiful, confident smile but also to protect your brain health.

Moving Forward Towards Better Dental Health

If you do develop periodontal disease, we can treat you and get you back to better overall health.  If you don’t have insurance, be sure to check out the Perio Plan option of our Premier Care Plan.

Please be sure to practice good oral hygiene every day, and contact your dentist for regular preventative care as well.  At Kellerman Dental, we are committed to serving Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Maryville and other nearby communities with a focus on holistic health.

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