Scientists Find Possible Link Between Dental Health & Alzheimer’s

Periodontal Disease & Alzheimer's

Many studies have been performed to determine that dental health can have a major effect on a patient’s overall health. Dr. Ventresca feels strongly about this, and this is one of the reasons she is so passionate about providing quality dental care — she knows the impact that it will make on your overall health and happiness. Recently, scientists have found a correlation between periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s. Here are a few noteworthy findings from the study:

What Is P. Gingivalis?

Porphyromonas gingivalis (more commonly known as p. gingivalis), is the main bacterium involved in gum disease, which is a known risk factor for Alzheimer’s. In this study, teams discovered that  p. gingivalis invades and inflames brain regions affected by Alzheimer’s in the same way that it inflames the gums.

How Can P. Gingivalis Affect the Brain?

Scientists have not yet learned how P. gingivalis gets into a patient’s brain to cause Alzheimer’s, but there are plausible routes it could take. When dental plaque builds under your gums and forms “pockets”, P. gingivalis thrives and releases toxins. When this happens, it is possible that  oral bacteria, including P. gingivalis, can enter your bloodstream and, ultimately, other organs.

Prevent Gum Disease and P. Gingivalis

Gum disease is a surprisingly common dental health issue that affects about half of American adults. Some patients are at higher risk of developing the disease due to genetics, but proper preventive care and oral hygiene habits will help you avoid this issue. During routine visits at West Lafayette Dental Studio, Dr. Ventresca will clean your teeth and gums to remove any buildups of plaque that could eventually lead to inflammation.

Schedule Routine Care Today

If you notice signs of gum disease (bleeding when you brush or floss, inflamed gums, or a receding gum line), give us a call today to make an appointment for periodontal care. Dental health is directly related to your overall health, so don’t neglect your smile! Call our team at (765) 588-0085 to book your visit, or come to our office at 500 Sagamore Parkway West, Suite 5W, West Lafayette, IN 47906.

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