In the past year, researchers have uncovered more details about the oral-systemic link between mouth infections and other diseases of the mind or body. Recently, researchers published a paper in the Journal of Oral Microbiology providing a possible connection between oral infection and Alzheimer’s disease. Across the globe, roughly 44 million people suffer from the effects of Alzheimer’s, which include memory loss, confusion, vision problems, and language difficulties.
At the Charlotte Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Broome and his exceptional team strongly believe in helping patients understand that oral health is as important to overall health as it is to keeping teeth and gums healthy.
How is Alzheimer’s Disease Linked to Oral Infections?
According to researchers from the University of Oslo, oral infections, such as periodontal disease or even cavities, can get into the bloodstream and make their way to the brain. In the bloodstream, infectious bacteria can get through the blood-brain barrier and cause inflammation in the brain, which is often found in patients with Alzheimer’s.
Proper oral hygiene is particularly important because the mouth can contain more than 900 types of bacteria, which may or may not be harmful. The elderly are more at risk of oral systemic infections that may lead to Alzheimer’s because dentures and dental implants can harbor oral yeasts and fungal molecules, especially if an individual forgets to thoroughly perform dental hygiene on a daily basis.
Preventing Oral Systemic Alzheimer’s Disease
Patients of Charlotte Center for Cosmetic Dermatology can receive our new Oral Bacteria DNA Test that identifies existing bacteria in a patient’s mouth, allowing our expert team to create a personalized treatment plan to eliminate and reduce harmful bacteria. Prevention is the best defense against oral infections; so do not wait to schedule your DNA Test with us today!
Contact a Leading Dentist in Charlotte Today
To ensure that your oral hygiene is fully optimized, it is important to schedule regular dental visits. Preventative care will help keep your mouth clean and healthy at any age. Contact Dr. Broome at (704) 310-5268 today to schedule your consultation!