Dr. Long, D.D.S

Studies have shown that people who have had periodontitis for more than 10 years are 70% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

Recent studies have confirmed that the bacteria, porphyromonas gingivalis, that cause gum disease are present in the brain of people with Alzheimer’s, not just in the mouth.

The association of gum disease to many health conditions have been known for some time. These include diabetes, heart and kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, asthma, osteoporosis and cancer. There are more than 120 conditions associated with dental problems.

There are simple tests that can be done to identify the bacteria that cause disease. Salivary diagnostics, simply spitting in a test tube and having it analyzed. These tests can give a good indication as to whether

you’re at risk.