Crooked smiles, yellowing teeth, chips, cracks, and gaps are just some of the reasons why individuals visit a cosmetic dentist in Philadelphia. Although these appointments are usually aesthetic in nature, regularly receiving dental care from a professional is essential to maintain good overall health.
As recent research has shown, one condition of the body that may be linked to a person's oral health is Alzheimer's disease. While yet to confirm a direct cause-and-effect relationship between the two, the study has made the discovery of gum disease being more prevalent in patients who also are afflicted with Alzheimer's. As detailed in a report published by HealthDay.com:
Researchers analyzed brain samples from 10 people with Alzheimer's and 10 people without the brain disease and found gum disease-related bacteria in the brain samples from four of the 10 Alzheimer's patients. No such bacteria was found in the brain samples from people without Alzheimer's.
"This clearly shows that there is an association between oral bacteria and Alzheimer's disease, but not causal association," study author Lakshmyya Kesavalu, an associate professor in the College of Dentistry at the University of Florida, said in a university news release.
The study is the first to show such a link, the researchers said.
Bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream during chewing, brushing, flossing and dental procedures. The bacteria can travel in the blood to the brain and can potentially lead to brain tissue degeneration that appears similar to Alzheimer's, the researchers said.
Pending further studies, experts for the meantime insist that individuals might as well do what is necessary to minimize the presence of oral bacteria. If not to prevent Alzheimer's itself, continued oral maintenance will help prevent tissue degeneration like the ones found in Alzheimer’s patients. Periodically receiving professional care from a Philadelphia cosmetic dentist would, of course, also be beneficial to a person's overall oral health.
Having services like the removal of silver amalgam fillings removed, for one, will help prevent mercury and mercury vapor to enter a patient's system. The fillings can then be replaced by the kind that is more bio-compatible to the body, eliminating the mercury the body would've been gradually exposed to.
When looking to replace or reinforce teeth, patients can better prevent gum disease and exposure to harmful chemicals by working with cosmetic dentist that offers holistic services. This ensures that all dental materials that are introduced to the teeth or gums are biocompatible, promoting better health while giving a look that is aesthetically pleasing.
(Info from A Link Between Gum Disease and Alzheimer's?, HealthDay, Published October 8, 2013)