Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s

Fresno Dentist Serving Madera, Clovis, Visalia, Tulare & Nearby Areas in California

Tue, 08/27/2013

A newly discovered link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s has been reported by the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (JHD). It has long been known that gum disease is linked to heart problems, respiratory illness, and complications with both diabetes and pregnancy, but this new link serves to reinforce the importance of a consistent general dentistry routine.

To schedule a general dentistry appointment at our comfortable Fresno, California office, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, D.D.S. or call 559-224-0103 today.

Bacteria in the Gums

In the JHD article, researchers noted that byproducts of bacterium Prophyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis), which is found in the mouth, respiratory tract, as well as intestines, were found in the brain samples of four out of ten Alzheimer’s patients. P. gingivalis was not, however, found in any of the brain samples of people at similar ages who did not suffer from dementia. This helps to illustrate the importance of maintaining clean teeth and gums at all stages of life.

Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake is pleased to offer advanced dental services to help prevent gum disease and targeted treatments should it occur. During your regularly scheduled appointments Dr. Miyake will check your teeth for signs of gum disease, provide a thorough cleaning, and discuss how you can further reduce your risks at home.

To schedule a cleaning and examination with our Fresno general dentist, please contact us today.