Gum Disease and Dementia

An  interesting article caught our eye in yesterday’s The Times newspaper, which links gum disease to a higher risk of dementia.

We’ve known for some time that gum disease has been linked to heart disease, lung problems, and other complications, through infection by bacteria or the spread of inflammation.

James Pickett, head of research at the Alzheimer’s society said, “although at first it does not seem obvious that gum disease could be linked to brain health, it is plausible that that an immune reaction triggered by the gum disease could make its way to the brain and contribute to the development of dementia”.

However, it is an area which needs further research and study to verify the hypothesis.

Evidence suggest that the best way to maintain general good health, including brain health, is not to smoke, to eat a healthy and balanced diet, to drink in moderation and stay mentally and physically active.

The chief executive of the Oral Health Foundation, Nigel Carter, said that “the good news is that gum disease is an entirely preventable disease. It can be as simple as brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, using interdental brushes and flossing daily and regular visits to see your dentist and hygienist”.

Christie and Stef, the hygienists at Westgate Dental, have the ideal hygienist traits, gentle but very thorough. If you are worried about your gums, why not make an appointment. They will help treat the start of gum disease, and also give advice and tips on how to  maintain good oral health.

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