Increasing Evidence for Link Between Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease

Study Finds Chronic Periodontitis May Be Associated With Higher Risk Of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Reuters (8/17, Boggs) reports that research suggests chronic periodontitis may be associated with “an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.” The article reports that while investigators “found no overall link between periodontitis and Alzheimer’s,” their research found people with periodontitis “for 10 or more years were 70 percent more likely than people without periodontitis to develop Alzheimer’s disease.” The study team concluded, “Our findings support the notion that infectious diseases associated with low-grade inflammation, such as chronic periodontitis, may play a substantial role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease.” The findings were published in Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy. provides additional information on periodontitis.

Here’s to a Healthy 2017!

Dr. Smith and his whole team are making health and fitness a priority in 2017.  If you are trying to start off the year taking care of your overall wellness, remember that a healthy mouth is a critical part of a healthy body.  In fact, studies have shown links between gum disease (periodontitis) and many systemic diseases including diabetes, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and certain types of cancer.  Try to make careful brushing and flossing an important part of your routine this year!