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Dr. Gregory Kivett

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Protect the Health of You Loved Ones: Periodontal Disease Linked to Alzheimer’s

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Chronic periodontal disease has been linked to a number of diseases including heart disease and diabetes. Perhaps the most terrifying disease periodontal disease is linked to, is Alzheimer’s. Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's and 1 in 3 seniors will die with some form of Alzheimer’s.

Direct Link between Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s

In 2010, researchers from New York University (NYU) used 20 years of data following a group of people from age 50-70 and found a link between gum inflammation and Alzheimer's disease. At the age of 70, people with inflamed gums were nine times more likely to score low on the cognitive test.

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Proper Dental Care Protects the Entire Body

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Infections in the mouth can put yourself and those around you at risk of secondary infections. When you have a healthy immune system it is easy to ignore the effects gum disease has on your body as a whole but more and more research points to the fact that abscessed teeth and gum infections have a systemic effect on the body. A study published in the November issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) again highlights the systemic effect of oral infection by looking at patients in ICU.

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