Did you know that your oral health is linked to your overall health? Are you aware of how healthy teeth and gums can impact your brain? If you have poor oral hygiene, you are putting more than just your teeth and gums at risk. You could also be increasing the potential risk of developing conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, one of the most common varieties of dementia.
It all starts with the development of periodontal disease. Drs. Ryan Jones and Caleb Estes at Nashville Restorative Dentistry in Franklin, Tennessee, take time to educate patients on this and other oral health concerns.
In its later stages, periodontal disease affects more than one billion individuals worldwide, according to a report from the World Health Organization in 2022. When you do not take good care of the teeth and gums, you are putting yourself at risk for developing periodontal disease, a condition also known as gum disease or periodontitis, which causes both inflammation and bacterial growth.
Neglecting oral hygiene can cause your teeth to develop a thin biofilm called plaque. This plaque contains bacteria that can cause numerous issues like cavities and gum disease if not removed through regular oral hygiene like brushing and flossing. When your body tries to fight off these bacteria, it will cause inflammation of the gums. This inflammation can spread from your mouth to the rest of the body and eventually the brain, causing neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s.
Studies performed over the years have shown links between chronic periodontal disease and tooth loss and an increased risk of cognitive decline, sometimes associated with dementia and sometimes on its own. Scientists are still trying to decide if periodontal disease is caused by dementia patients having difficulty keeping their teeth clean or those with poor oral health developing dementia eventually. They continue to determine the symptom and the cause, but the evidence does show a distinct connection between the two.
If you are looking for ways to maintain your oral health and wellness to avoid the potential risk of concerns such as periodontal disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and other linked medical conditions, we can help you!
Issue: Spacing between the front teeth and an uneven tilt to the smile.
Solution: Short term orthodontics to evenly spread out the space between the teeth followed by veneers across the eight front teeth to create a level smile with color consistency and no spaces.