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Alzheimer’s and Gum Disease

Mature couple sitting in park with a pet dogAlzheimer’s is largely based on genetics and family history. But a recent article by the Washington Post has suggested that there are a few things that can be done to delay the onset of the disease, especially if they’re done early in life. Middle-aged people can also benefit from positive lifestyle changes, but it’s best to introduce healthy habits as early as possible.

Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s

One of the important habits to begin early in life is to take good care of your dental hygiene, especially to avoid gum disease. Gingivitis isn’t just bad for your oral health, but it’s also been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s.

The best way to avoid gum disease and periodontitis are to practice good oral hygiene. This means brushing at least twice a day, flossing every day, and visiting your regular dentist every 6 months for a dental cleaning and a checkup. Your dentist can remove plaque and tartar buildup while also looking out for the early signs of gum problems.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

The earlier gum disease is caught, the easier it is to treat. Below are a few of the signs to look out for:

  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing
  • Red, tender, or swollen gum tissue
  • Gum recession or tissues pulling away from the teeth
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pus appearing between the teeth and gums
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down

If you’re concerned about gum disease and you have a history of Alzheimer’s in your family, please make an appointment with your general dentist to discuss your concerns.

For information about root canal therapy, please contact Endodontic Specialists today. We have two locations in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado.

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

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