"Can gum disease lead to Alzheimer’s?"

Q: I’ve heard that gum disease can eventually lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Is this true?

A: Recent research suggests that gum inflammation can eventually lead to dangerous inflammation in the brain.

According to a study conducted by researchers at New York University, gum disease may increase the risk of cognitive dysfunction associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The team studied 20 years of data from Denmark and found that among test subjects who were over the age of 70, those who had gum disease were 9 times more likely to test in the lower range of brain function than those without gum disease.

Follow up studies still need to be done on the study to be certain of the link between Alzheimer’s Disease and tooth decay. However, when studies keep showing a link to the health of your teeth to your overall health, I think it’s time to start brushing and flossing!

Dr. Natalie Khadavi
sees patients in the Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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