Is Gum Disease Linked to Alzheimer’s?
April 21, 2015

gum disease awareness

Healthy gums could help ensure a healthy body & mind!

Gum disease is a frightening beast – and with the continually emerging research on its larger impact, it’s even more important to spread awareness. Several studies spanning the last 25 years have built upon the concept that periodontitis could actually be connected to Alzheimer’s.

We strive to keep this life-changing and debilitating disease from impacting the lives of ourselves or our loved ones. Is it really possible to protect yourself from larger systemic problems by keeping your gums healthy and disease-free? While many of the studies that suggest links are too small to establish a definite connection, the fact that there’s a potential link points to the benefits of prioritizing gum health.

Dr. Zymantas specializes in gum disease treatment, and can help you arm yourself against gingivitis and periodontal disease. All you need to do is give us a call to pick up some tips, and schedule an exam so that we can evaluate your gums.

Gum Disease Prevention at Home

  • Daily flossing – Flossing strengthens your gums and remove food particles from the gum line, improving your oral health. If you floss regularly, you have a better chance of preventing the rise of gingivitis.
  • Drink plenty of water – Water flushes acids and bacteria from your mouth, and helps keep everything clean.
  • Well-rounded diet – Proper nutrition is key in preventing your gum tissues from becoming inflamed. Make sure that your diet is tooth-healthy.
  • Pay attention to your gums – If it seems like something is wrong, or that your gums are changing in some way (especially if they’re looking red, purple, or swollen), then you should get in touch. Take fast action to prevent problems from intensifying.

When It’s Time to Call Your Dentist

As we mentioned, you should pay close attention to your gums and let us know if something seems off. Common signs of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, include:

  • Swollen or puffy gums
  • Red or purple gums
  • Bad breath
  • Sore teeth or gums
  • Bleeding gums
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