Gum Health and Alzheimer’s Disease | Dr. Adeniji Bowden DDS

Dentist Evanston


Maintaining good gum health is not only crucial for your oral well-being but also for your cognitive function. Recent research has highlighted a significant correlation between gum disease and accelerated cognitive decline, particularly in individuals with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. While further studies are warranted to establish a definitive link, this study underscores the importance of prioritizing oral health to safeguard overall bodily health.

Conducted by King’s College London and the University of Southampton, the study observed 59 patients with early Alzheimer’s disease. Blood tests were utilized to assess inflammatory markers in the bloodstream, while dental hygienists examined the patients’ oral health.

The findings revealed that individuals with gum disease experienced cognitive decline at a rate six times faster than those without gum disease. This suggests that inflammation, triggered by gum disease, may contribute to the rapid deterioration in brain function.

Maintaining healthy gums is imperative, as gum disease has been associated with an increased risk of developing serious health complications such as heart disease and stroke. Adopting good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes and regular flossing, can help preserve gum health.

For individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, maintaining optimal oral health is paramount. Caregivers should ensure that their loved ones follow a consistent daily oral hygiene routine and schedule regular dental check-ups at Bowdental of Evanston, led by Dr. Adeniji Bowden DDS, for comprehensive examinations.

Prioritizing gum health can significantly contribute to overall well-being, promoting a healthier body and sharper cognitive function throughout one’s lifetime. For further guidance on gum health or to schedule your next visit to our office, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to support you in maintaining optimal oral health and overall wellness.

Bowdental of Evanston
Phone: 847-532-2688
2611 Broadway Ave
Evanston, IL 60201