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Gum Health and Alzheimer’s Disease | Dr. Stacey Alston


Ensuring your gum health isn’t just about a confident smile—it could also impact your cognitive function. A recent study conducted by King’s College London and the University of Southampton uncovered a potential link between gum disease and accelerated cognitive decline in individuals with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Though further research is necessary, this finding underscores the significance of oral health in maintaining overall well-being.

Here’s a glimpse into the study’s insights: 59 patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease were examined. Blood tests assessed inflammatory markers in their bloodstream, while dental hygienists evaluated their oral health.

The results revealed a staggering revelation: individuals with gum disease exhibited cognitive decline at a rate six times faster than those without. This suggests that the body’s response to inflammation could be a contributing factor to the rapid deterioration of brain function.

Healthy gums are paramount, not just for oral health, but for overall health too. Research has consistently linked gum disease to an increased risk of complications such as heart disease and stroke. To maintain optimal gum health, adhere to a robust daily oral hygiene routine, including brushing twice a day for two minutes and regular flossing.

For individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, prioritizing oral health becomes even more crucial. Caregivers should ensure their loved ones follow a meticulous oral hygiene regimen and schedule regular visits to our office for comprehensive examinations. Preserving gum health could be pivotal in safeguarding both body and brain health throughout life.

For further insights into gum health or to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Stacey Alston at Genesis Family Dentistry, reach out to us today. Your well-being starts with a healthy smile.

Genesis Family Dentistry
Phone: 980-272-4700
1020 E 10TH ST Suite 1
Charlotte, NC 28204