The concept of oral-systemic health (an oral and overall health connection) has barely been uncovered by scientists. All over the world, time and money have been dedicated to scientific research which shows compelling evidence that the various germs in our mouths responsible for periodontal disease and cavities could very well contribute to life-threatening health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and strokes. New York University (NYU) scientists have uncovered more compelling data implicating periodontal disease in Alzheimer’s disease.

A Precursor to Alzheimer’s?

Dr. Angela Kamer is the Assistant Professor of Periodontology & Implant Dentistry at NYU. Dr. Kamer is an expert on Alzheimer’s disease in connection to oral health (specifically gum disease). In fact, she’s been at the helm of research on this very topic for about six years. Dr. Kamer’s earlier study looked at the plasma of Alzheimer’s patients. Antibodies and inflammatory molecules found in conjunction with gum disease were calculated to be at a much higher level in patients who also showed signs of Alzheimer’s. Notes Dr. Kamer: “The research suggests that cognitively normal subjects with periodontal inflammation are at an increased risk of lower cognitive function compared to cognitively normal subjects with little or no periodontal inflammation.”

Looking Out for Our Elders

Watching your loved ones (or even your own self) age is sometimes frightening and difficult. Fortunately, we can tackle the inevitable matter of aging in a proactive way. Creating a schedule and for people who are beginning to show signs of age-related memory loss can help prevent periodontal disease and bigger dental issues. As someone’s mind degrades, they may start to forget simple tasks such as brushing and flossing teeth. By creating a customized daily checklist, the elder in your life might have a much easier time keeping their pearly whites clean and healthy, and their gums in the pink.

Visit your Riverside Dentists

We offer comprehensive dentistry for the whole family. If you are due for a dental checkup or cleaning, or you have any concerns, contact our 92506 dentist office at (951) 369-1001. We serve patients throughout Riverside County.