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Unlocking the Connection Between Oral Health and Alzheimer's Disease: What You Need to Know

Do you know someone who has been affected by Alzheimer's disease or dementia? Have you ever wondered if there was anything you could do to prevent or reverse cognitive decline? June is Alzheimer's Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the devastating effects of these illnesses and the importance of early intervention and prevention.


Alzheimer's disease is a progressive illness that affects millions of people worldwide. It slowly destroys memory and cognitive function, leading to a decline in quality of life. While the causes of Alzheimer's are not fully understood, researchers have discovered a connection between poor oral health and the development of dementia.


Shockingly, 80% of Americans over the age of 35 have some form of gum disease (Source: AAOSH). According to a study published in Alz Res Therapy (2017), individuals who suffer from gum disease for over ten years are 70% more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. The pathogenic bacteria that causes gum disease travels from the mouth to the brain, leading to inflammation and damage that can contribute to cognitive decline and a host of other systemic inflammatory diseases.


ReCODE, the first-ever community dedicated to preventing and reversing cognitive decline, is working to reduce the global burden of dementia by following the Bredesen Protocol. The program uses genetics, blood biomarkers, and a multi-modal reporting system to provide prevention and treatment options for brain health optimization.


Dr. Barbara McClatchie is a certified dental practitioner of the Bredesen Protocol and ReCODE program in Columbus, Ohio. As one of only 50 certified dental practitioners in the United States, Dr. McClatchie collaborates with a certified medical provider to identify oral pathogens that could contribute to the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease. The entire team at Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus is here to be your guide on the journey to prevention and lifelong health.


Saliva testing for high-risk oral pathogens allows Dr. McClatchie to identify the specific bacteria present in a patient's mouth that could contribute to cognitive decline. By addressing these oral health issues, Dr. McClatchie can help her patients reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. While it may seem daunting, research has shown that cognitive decline is preventable and even reversible with proper intervention. By improving oral systemic health and working with ReCODE practitioners, individuals can take proactive steps to protect their cognitive function and quality of life.


As a certified dental provider, Dr. McClatchie is dedicated to improving the oral systemic health of her patients and reducing the burden of dementia in Columbus, Ohio. Her commitment to preventing and reversing cognitive decline is part of a larger global effort to reduce the prevalence of dementia and improve brain health for people of all ages. By taking a proactive approach to oral health and working with ReCODE practitioners, individuals can protect their brain health and enjoy a fulfilling life with a sharp mind.


If you or a loved one is struggling with Alzheimer's disease, please contact Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus. Our dental practice offers personalized dental care, including cosmetic and restorative dentistry services. We strive to take a proactive and preventative approach to your health, optimizing your oral and whole-body health.


Schedule an appointment by calling us at (614) 412-0916.


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