From Gum Disease to Alzheimer’s Disease

teeth, health, smile, dentistAlthough no direct link has been proven between gum disease (periodontitis) and Alzheimer’s, researchers now believe there is a relationship between the two. Researchers estimate that people with long-term chronic gum disease are 70% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those with healthy teeth and gums.

Regardless of the possible risk of Alzheimer’s, it is best to maintain a proper dental health regime and visit the dentist regularly.

Untreated periodontitis can also cause:

– Inflamed and bleeding gums

– Damage to teeth

– Possible bone loss

The research highlights “the need to prevent progression of periodontal disease” and further information can be found at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/long-term-gum-disease-linked-to-alzheimers-disease_us_59974d9de4b0a2608a6c768a.

Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.

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