Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in Farmington Hills

Oral health and overall health are linked in a variety of ways. Research abounds constantly that provides more information on oral-systemic health. One symptom can lead to another, and yet another, in quick succession. Gum disease might lead to toothache and then jaw pain – next thing you know, you’re showing signs of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). There are many other conditions that link to oral health as well, from heart disease and diabetes, to premature birth and arthritis, and many in between. Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, will tell you about the details of NYU research that links gum disease and Alzheimer’s disease, in honor of National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

A New York University Oral Health Study

Going back to the year 2008, Assistant Professor of Periodontology & Implant Dentistry, Dr. Angela Kamer, has been focused on the topic of gum disease in relationship to Alzheimer’s disease. Previous studies looked at antibodies and inflammatory molecules in the plasma of patients already presenting with Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. Recent research for Dr. Kamer and her crew has focused on 20 years of evidence supporting the link. “The research suggests that cognitively normal subjects with periodontal inflammation are at an increased risk of lower cognitive function compared to cognitively normal subjects with little or no periodontal inflammation,” says Dr. Kamer.

Study Details Presented in Spain

Data entitled the Glostrop Aging Study was implemented in Dr. Kamer’s investigations. IQ tests were given to 152 women and men over the age of 70, in Denmark. The International Association for Dental Research in Barcelona, Spain, was the inaugural place where Dr. Kamer and her team presented their research. Periodontal inflammation was strongly linked to lower cognitive functioning (indicative of Alzheimer’s) according to the reported details of the study.

Healthy Gums, Healthy Life

Take care of your oral health and it just might enhance the rest of your overall health. For any of your general dentistry needs, including temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues, contact our 48335 dentist office at (248)474-6434. We are happy to provide comprehensive dentistry to patients from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, and surrounding neighborhoods.