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The Link Between Gum Health and Alzheimer’s Marietta, GA

The Link Between Gum Health and Alzheimer’s

Marietta GA Dentist That Treats Periodontitis

Alzheimer’s is a disease and type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms often develop slowly and worsen over time. Alzheimer’s accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. It is a disease that greatly affects one’s quality of life and is still being closely researched. While the direct cause of Alzheimer’s is yet to be clearly defined, researchers have found some promising links. In fact, newer evidence reveals a connection between dental health and Alzheimer’s.

According to a research study in Taiwan, there is a strong correlation between chronic gum inflammation (due to periodontitis) and the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.  In the study, the participants who had more than ten years of chronic dental inflammation were 70 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s. A 2017 published article on the study explains this further, “recent evidence indicates that peripheral infections, blood vessel damage and oxidative stress may aggravate inflammation in the brain and play an important role in the pathogenesis of dementia.”  While these factors can certainly exist for other conditions that are known for causing Alzheimer’s, such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease, it also seems to be true for chronic gum disease, or periodontitis.

Periodontitis is Preventable

The good news is that you have control over the health of your gums. While gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and likely a contributing factor for Alzheimer’s, it is preventable. With proper hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, you can protect yourself from the harmful effects of gum inflammation. At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we take the time to evaluate the health of your gums at each visit. We take proactive measures to reverse early gum disease so that you can avoid irreversible consequences. In addition, we will carefully explain your personal risk factors for gum disease, which may include hygiene habits, family history or lifestyle habits such as smoking. If you have gums that are red, puffy or bleed easily, call our Marietta office and schedule your appointment today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Marietta, GA 30060

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