What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
You’ve no doubt heard about Alzheimer’s disease, but you might not know what it can really do to a person’s body. This neurological diseases attacks your brain, destroying neurons and leaving you with a loss of your intellectual capabilities. In fact, people with Alzheimer’s disease have a hard time with basic neurological functions like memory and reason. It’s not always easy to notice early on, but the most common symptoms include:
- Losses or blanks in short-term memory
- Problems with focusing
- Personality changes
- Unexplained mood swings
- Language difficulties
These symptoms can fluctuate and vary in terms of severity, but the overall progress of Alzheimer’s is somewhat predictable. While this disease is terminal, people can live up to 20 years after being diagnosed with their condition worsening all the while. Try as you might to prevent the onset of this disease, you still might not be doing enough if you aren’t taking care of your oral health. Without proper care, your mouth could be what leads you down the road to Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s Disease and Your Oral Health
Although studies haven’t been entirely conclusive, research has shown that inflammation, such as the inflammation that results from periodontal disease, can quadruple your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Roughly 50% of adults live with some form of gingivitis, and left untreated, this can lead to periodontal disease. Treating and preventing periodontal disease should be at the center of your oral hygiene, and our specialists can set you on the right path.
Our dental specialists believe in a holistic approach to your health. We believe that your oral health reflects throughout your body, and that’s why we offer every dental service that you will need under one roof. Whether you need a family dentist to give you a health boost with a dental exam or a periodontist to give your gums a deep cleaning, you can count on Shadow Creek Ranch Dental Specialists to have you covered.