Dementia is a term that describes several conditions marked by the decline of mental ability on a scale that interferes with normal daily function. Several diseases fit under the dementia umbrella, including Alzheimer’s disease. While many people are generally aware of dementia and some of its symptoms, most do not know that there is a link between gum disease and dementia. This link is still being studied, but research suggests that severely diseased gum tissue can increase your risk of dementia. If you have a family history of either disease, keeping your gums healthy may prevent or reduce the onset of dementia.
Improving Gum Health
Improving the health of your gums doesn’t have to be complicated and generally involves small lifestyle changes. Here are the top things you can do to improve your gum health and potentially lower your risk of experiencing mental decline:
· Brush at least twice daily, being careful not to put excess pressure on the gums
· Floss at least once daily or more often as needed to dislodge food particles from your teeth
· Receive regular dental cleanings and checkups
· Undergo periodontal treatment if you have symptoms of gum disease
Depending on the stage of periodontal disease you have, your treatments may include laser removal of diseased gum tissue, osseous surgery and/or scaling and root planing services. Once you develop periodontal disease symptoms, it’s essential to follow your periodontist’s treatment recommendations if you want to prevent the disease from worsening and potentially contributing to the development of dementia. Dr. Samuel DeAngelo offers customized gum disease treatment plans on a case-by-case basis.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you have periodontal disease and/or a history of mental health disorders, we encourage you to treat your gum condition right away. Periodontal treatment can improve your oral health and potentially prevent you from developing dementia. To schedule your consultation with Dr. DeAngelo, call our leading practice today.
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