Did you know that September is World Alzheimer’s Month? Alzheimer’s disease is rapidly growing in the United States, with over 5 million people diagnosed. There are various unpreventable factors that increase your risk of developing the disease, such as age, family history and genetics. However, there are other factors that contribute to the progression of dementia and Alzheimer’s that you can control. One of these is your oral health.
Recent studies have made a correlation between gum disease and the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Due to its inflammatory nature, gum disease can enter your bloodstream and affect everything from your heart to your brain. If the bacteria associated with gum disease makes it to the brain of an Alzheimer patient, the disease can significantly progress.
At the Complete Health Dentistry of Worthington, we understand the importance of monitoring the overall health of our patients. To do this, we use Oral DNA/Saliva testing. This testing allows us to detect bacteria, such as the bacteria associated with Alzheimer’s, and develop a customized health plan for each patient. Schedule an Oral DNA/Saliva test with us to find out if you are at risk!
Learn more about the ways gum disease influences Alzheimer’s here!