Chronic Periodontitis (gum disease) may have connection to Alzheimer’s disease
There is an unsettling trend to view dentistry as a simple cosmetic procedure with little to no focus on the well-established link of dental health to overall systemic health of the body and mind. Social media, commercialization of dentistry, overstressing new technologies and a general erosion of ethics may all be somewhat to blame. I don’t recall seeing anything on my Facebook come up on the dangers of Chronic Periodontitis or its relationship to life altering diseases but I certainly see many ads about Invisalign and tooth whitening. However now and then there is a study that really is worthy of informing the public, even if it is very preliminary.
So how can dental health affect your body?
Already researchers have linked Chronic Periodontitis (Gum disease) to Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and recently to Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), the later by promoting the onset and even the severity of RA. In particular, bacteria that causes gum disease actually increases the severity of RA with increased bone and cartilage destruction.