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Gum disease may increase risk of Alzheimer's disease if left untreated

September 29, 2017

Rest assured the periodontal team at Elmsleigh House, Manoj Tank and Hans-Dieter John, can treat all aspects of gum disease in Farnham.

A study published in Alzheimer's Research & Therapy, and reported in the September issue of Dentistry magazine, looked at whether severe gum disease in people aged over 50 could increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. It found that people suffering gum disease for 10 years or longer were 70% more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. 

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, said: "The good news is gum disease is an entirely preventable and treatable disease. By ensuring good, consistent oral health, everybody can avoid gum disease and its associated risks. While gum disease can be treated very effectively, the best approach is certainly prevention."

Click to watch the Specialist in Periodontics, Manoj Tank, talk about gum disease treatment in Farnham at Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic.

A link between gum disease and cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease has recently been established in a study jointly led by King's College London and the University of Southampton and published in the journal PLOS One.  It looked at whether periodontitis (gum disease) is associated with increased dementia severity and subsequent greater progression of cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer's disease. 

The authors concluded that gum disease is associated with an increase in cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease, possibly via mechanisms linked to the body's inflammatory response.

Research suggests that effective treatment of gum disease can reduce the levels of inflammatory markers to those seen in a healthy person. 

Click to watch one of the patients at Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic in Farnham talk about her Farnham gum treatment at Elmsleigh House.

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