The Link between Alzheimer’s and gum disease
Gum disease, a known cause of tooth loss, might also be an Alzheimer’s trigger. Medical studies reveal that people suffering from untreated gum disease are more susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease.
– Gum disease is an inflammation disease with symptoms of bleeding gums, bad breath, sensitivity, pain and tooth loss.
– Chronic gum disease is called periodontitis, and causes inflammation throughout the body including the brain.
– If you have periodontitis, you have 70% higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Periodontitis can be prevented through proper cleaning of teeth – regular brushing and flossing – and cleanings by the dentist.
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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.