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Your Healthy Family: Periodontitis and Dementia

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Recent research has linked Alzheimer's disease to the gum infection periodontitis. 
This new study from "University of Southampton and King's College London" found a link between periodontitis and greater rates of cognitive decline in people with early stages of Alzheimer's disease.
Unlike gingivitis, which can be controlled with regular check-ups, periodontitis can actually destroy the jaw bone and cause people to lose their teeth.
"What we see and what we know is that those patients who come in the dental office for routine cleanings and they have mild, moderate, or advanced dementia or Alzheimer's; we see that same type of inflammatory pattern based on the severity of their disease," said Dr. Fred Guerra with Guerra Dental in Colorado Springs. 
Dr. Guerra says the goal is to keep the amount of bacteria in the mouth as low as possible so that any risk factors are mitigated as much as possible. 
That also means seniors may need more visits. 

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