As we live our day to day lives, we don’t typically think of diseases that could possibly affect us in our senior part of life. However, as advocating for your own personal health becomes more essential with the advancements in medicine, it has come to light that prevention is more possible than we originally thought!
1 out of 3 Seniors will be affected and die of Alzheimer’s or dementia. The thought of being affected by this disease is scary as loosing the ability to manage your mind is unimaginable by most people. This non-curable disease currently affects more than 5 million people in the USA and is the 6th leading cause of death.
Common signs of moderate Alzheimer’s disease
- Increased memory loss and confusion
- Problems recognizing family and friends
- Continuously repeats stories, favorite words, or motions
- Difficulty carrying out tasks that have multiple steps, like getting dressed
- Lack of concern for hygiene and appearance
Common signs of severe Alzheimer’s disease
- Inability to recognize oneself or family
- Inability to communicate
- Lack of control of bowel and bladder
- Groaning, moaning, or grunting
- Needing help with all activities of daily living
Good oral health is necessary for your overall general health. Researchers from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in the UK, discovered the presence of a bacterium called Porphyromonas gingivalis in the brains of patients who had dementia when they were alive. The bug is usually associated with chronic periodontal (gum) disease. Researchers believe that this bug, once it enters the bloodstream goes to the brain triggering an immune response that kills neurons causing memory loss.
Good oral maintenance is essential for good oral health and as studies suggest, the prevention of Alzheimer’s. Regular check-ups at your dentist is something you should not ignore. Brushing twice a day, flossing and regular checkups at the office of J.C. Duncan DDS FAGD is essential to maintaining that health.
J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry
103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078
Phone: (704) 266-1486
Fax: (704) 948-1969
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