It’s no secret that poor oral health can lead to many overall health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes and other ailments. But studies show poor oral health may also lead to an increased risk of dementia. People who have gum disease for 10 years or more are 70 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those who have healthy gums.
When sticky plaque on your teeth combines with sugars, the bacteria release acid that attacks your tooth’s enamel. The same plaque and bacteria can escape into the bloodstream and affect major organs, such as your heart and brain, which can increase risk for early onset dementia. And the side effects of gum disease (inflamed and receding gums) may make it difficult for you to eat, preventing your body from getting nutrients.
It’s important to maintain a healthy smile as you get older. Good oral health not only ensures you get to enjoy delicious and nutritious food during your retirement years, but also limits the health issues you’ll come across later in life.
Protect yourself from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by maintaining a healthy smile and diet so you can live well and smile more!